1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am currently an associate in assurance performing audit tasks. I interact with clients on a regular basis and help to prepare some of the key accounts such as cash and debtors etc. I work in small teams but am regularly moving about to different client locations and working with different people
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
There is continual opportunity for development within EY. We are currently undergoing training towards becoming ICAEW qualified and attend college frequently before sitting the exams a few weeks later. There are frequent webcasts run for the firm that provide key updates for knowledge and general information. Weekly emails also share a lot of technical information. I have found the on the job experience has helped develop my skills best as here I can put into practice the theory from college
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I find the work challenging so I am constantly developing my skills and moving forward in my career, the people I work with are all very approachable in both a work and social environment and have made my transition into the firm very enjoyable. On taking the job I was not aware of how much we would work away from home which is my only drawback.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I feel very valued as a member of the team. I regularly receive feedback on my recent work performances and have reviews every six months with my councillor. Bonuses are performance related so I feel incentivised to achieve.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Every part of my programme is very structured and organised which really helped for a smooth entry into the firm. Resourcing are very good at making sure we always know where we are supposed to be well in advance of the date.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Kaplan is our training provider for exams, they have been very thorough so far and have made themselves available at all times. Materials given alongside courses are very good and help with getting through the content a lot
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The support has been great. I have been assigned a buddy for all my small queries and have a councillor for all my broader more important ones. Everyone I have worked with has been more than keen to help me through not just my work but everything else that comes with the job as well (eg. timesheets). Everyone is also very flexible to any personal needs.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
All travel costs are paid for through our expenses policy and living at home my living costs are not very high. I think the salary is very good considering the alternative to me of going to university
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is always something going on within our office, we have an active social committee and a really friendly group of people. I have taken part in netball, Christmas and summer parties, end of the month drinks, charity fundraising etc.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
For me it offered a great opportunity to progress and gain a professional qualification and career without having to go to uni, and offered a different approach with obvious benefits such as experience and a salary. Everyone at EY is so supportive and there is endless room for progression as you go through your career
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Apply as early as possible, once the spaces are filled applications are closed. Prepare as much as possible for any interviews, a mild knowledge of the industry is expected.
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