Trainee Associate at EY

Start Date:
Programme Type:
School Leaver Programme
£21,500 annually
Review Date:
8th June 2016

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


My job title is Trainee Associate and I'm a first year school leaver in Assurance - Energy. More specifically, this means I work on the planning and execution of Financial Statement audits for energy companies like BP and Shell. I also study the ACA by the ICAEW.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I've learnt a great deal of technical knowledge around audit and developed my team working, communication and organisation skills.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I definitely enjoy my programme and would recommend it for anyone serious about a career in accounting/auditing.

4. How valued do you feel by EY?


The feedback system at EY is quite in depth so you get feedback from the seniors you work with after every engagement. They highlight areas you do well in so you do feel valued. You also get awarded impact awards which are worth £50.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


Very well organised. We have retain which shows us where our time is booked for the future. Training, college time and exams are all scheduled in advance so we can see when they are.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


Enough. Tutors at Kaplan are good so we get enough support for the modules.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


A fair bit. We have counsellors who are specifically there for us to provide advice and guidance on whatever we need.

7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


Very well.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


Yup, we have an EY Foundation charity that we can volunteer in. And there are a bunch of social networks you can join who run their own events.

9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

It's a well paid opportunity with good career prospects.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *

Make sure you actually don't want to go university because EY school leavers is a far cry from uni, its serious work where you'll be expected to be hard working and committed. Be confident in your application process, show you're a leader.

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