1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a trainee associate, I am involved mainly in transaction testing and walkthroughs. I am regularly communicating with the client and the audit team.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt basic accounting skills having completed one exam so far. I have also learnt how to use internal data analysis tools.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy communicating with clients; but some of the 'ticking' work can become repetitive on jobs.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
As a school leaver, I do not feel as though I am treated differently to the graduates. I always feel like I am adding value to the audits that I work on.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The communication on exams from ICAEW has been poor. We do not receive information on our pre-coursework until a couple of days before we attend college. Induction and training has been well organised. I regularly communicate with my counsellor which helps address any issues that I may have and so this has been very well organised.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received the option to attend additional classes having failed my exam first time and this was extremely helpful. However communication and organisation from Kaplan/ICAEW has been poor.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have received a lot of support from my counselling manager. She has always addressed any issues that I have had in a timely manner. She has also been very approachable.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As I live at home, I have not had to consider living costs. However having researched property prices in central Birmingham, the salary paid would struggle to meet costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes- there are always opportunities to attend social events and I have also attended BCASS events. I have considered playing in the EY netball team however as I live north of Birmingham, it is often difficult to attend the matches.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I enjoy working for EY as everyone is very friendly and approachable. There are a lot of opportunities both inside and outside work and I always feel valued in my work.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Think carefully about the department you want to join.
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