1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Trainee Associate in Assurance. I work part of various teams throughout the year to perform audits on Oil and Gas Clients. We work together focusing on different areas (fixed assets, cash intercompany), to get the work done within the time given. We get to interact with people from legal, finance and HR on a daily basis to get the information we require. I have a responsibility to complete the tasks required and to ask my colleagues questions if I do not understand. My daily work varies depending on the client, so it is great to get a variety.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have started my ICAS exams and have passed the first one. I have taken part in 2 internal training courses so far to develop my knowledge of audit (this involved flying). I developed many skills such as communication and presentation skills. Work wise I have learnt so much, and continue to learn everyday.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I get along very well with everyone I work with and made some great friends so far. I look forward to coming to work everyday and enjoy getting to know people from many different cultures
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
Depending on the team, some managers appreciate you more than others. However I have never had a really bad experience and I am always made to feel welcome. I genuinely feel valued most of the time.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is quite well structured, with regular training. You get support from lots of colleagues to get through the exams and they are willing to help when suck. My councillor has been great and gives me a great deal of motivation. Sometimes EY can be a bit last minute at letting you know if you should be somewhere, and it is hard to arrange travel/accomodation
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I study with ICAS and the classes are very useful. My councillor also acts as a tutor when required and it terrific at explaining things.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have received a great deal from all of my colleagues, manager to people the same age as me. Everyone is always keen to help and support you.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
For someone who is just 18, I feel like my salary is reasonably comfortable. However I live at home which saves many costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There aren't to many in our office, however get-togethers are organised now and again.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
If they are willing to put in the effort when it comes to the exams then they should go for it. My experience has been good.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
I think you just need to be yourself, try and bring out your strengths when you can. It is important to be kind and polite and take any opportunity to go to open evenings/drop in sessions as the effort doesn't go amiss.
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