1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My Job title is "Business Trainee" and my job title varies largely on the project that I am working on. A large proportion of our work can involve dealing with Companies that are having solvency issue, and the nature of this means that every project involves you being put in different scenarios which really keeps the job interesting.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have drastically improved on my softer skills, as a huge part our job involves liaising with different parties and as such you get the opportunity to practice and improve all sorts of skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Like any other job you can be working on less interesting projects, but the good thing about EY is that you have the opportunity to pursue whatever industry you are interested in. Also you have a huge intake of people joining the firm at the same time as you so you don't miss out on the social side.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
Different people within the firm with have different managerial styles but the majority of people that you work with are good at working with you and making you feel valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The program is well structured as a whole. Whilst there are still some teething issues around the exam times you are still given a good network of senior staff who can help you should you have any issues.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We do our professional qualifications through a college called Kaplan. So far I have found all the tutors to be of a good standard and more than willing to help you with any issues even out of class.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Upon joining the firm you are given a buddy who can support with day to day tasks, this is extremely helpful as you have someone who was in the same position as you a year earlier so understand the kind of problems you could face. You are also given a councillor who is a much more senior within the firm who can guide your career in the earlier years.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Whilst the salary is very good for your age and experience, it is still difficult if you have to move into London to take the job as the living costs are so high.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There is a vast amount of clubs and networks for any interest you have. Also if you have an interest in a subject and there is no current club you will receive good support from the firm to set one up.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
The career prospects from the school leaver program are second to none, and if you have an interest in finance it really is a fast track to join the industry at a good level whilst skipping the years spent at university.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Throughout the interview process I would just recommend to be yourself as the interviewers will appreciate you are only young and as such you are not expected to be a master in your field, only that you are eager to learn and easy to work with.
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