1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My job title is Business Trainee. My daily tasks can involve stakeholder management, leading client calls, PMO roles etc. My projects have been wide-ranging from Financial Services clients to Healthcare jobs.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am in the process of completing my ACA qualification. I have attended several internal training courses as well as some external ones which have been recommended to us. My confidence with clients and senior team members has come on a lot since joining the firm and I am now comfortable leading calls with senior clients.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I find a lot of my work very rewarding, however there are times when I have had to seek out more interesting work. If you look for it though, it is made easily available. My team is very supportive of me and my development.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I receive regular feedback which makes me feel valued by my team members. In addition to this, we are awarded 'recognition awards' if we have gone above and beyond what is expected of us. I have also found that when my manager/partner is pleased with my work, they show this by giving me more responsibility
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Our programme is extremely structured. Everybody goes through the same scheme and we all receive relevant training for our respective departments. Our induction was very thorough. I would say that study support could be improved.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Kaplan tend to go through the material extremely quickly and tutors are not always available to contact. However, the learning resources that they provide are very helpful
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have a counsellor whose job it is to support me in my role, in my studies and in my personal and professional development. I also have a mentor at work who assists with such things. Generally, the culture in my department is extremely supportive of school leavers
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
For my age and my lack of degree, I believe that I am paid very well. There is a higher salary for those working in the London office, and my company pays for my very expensive train ticket upfront so that I only have to pay them back monthly which is really helpful
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are always emails going around with opportunities for us to get involved with outside of work. There are lots of mailing lists that you can sign up to as well, such as EY Women's Network or EY Rugby team
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Culture-wise, EY has been amazing for me. They have allowed me to have a balanced life, whilst at the same time giving me amazing training, personal development and career prospects
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
I would recommend that you know your CV really well as they are looking for specific skills/traits so being able to demonstrate that you have them through previous experiences is really useful. I would also say that on your assessment centre, really make sure that you get involved as it is a great opportunity to show how you work in a team.
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