1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
From the start of my third year at EY I took on the role of Senior Associate, and began a new role with more involvement in the organisation and day to day management of audit engagements.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
EY run training courses throughout the year, both residential events and on the job courses, to complement the on the job learning and development. This is a job where you are constantly learning new skills. This year I have been developing my skills at a higher level, seeing more of how an engagement is run and communicating with managers rather than the more detailed work that I started with.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
There is a very strong emphasis on teamwork at EY which is fantastic. Within each department there are 'families' which means that there are plenty of opportunities to get to know a smaller group of people well. It is very hard work during 'busy season' (typically January - March), but the rest of the year is reasonable and can be good fun.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
As well as verbal appreciation, each audit team will typically go out for a meal or social event once the engagement is completed as a thank you to the team for their work. There is also a formal awards system for managers to nominate us for awards for hard workers!
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The school leaver programme is very well organised with a clear structure. There is lots of support for studies and a clear progression route throughout the 5 year programme and beyond.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We are given study leave to attend college throughout the training course and there is lots of support from tutors, although the learning is a lot more fast paced than A-levels!
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Each audit engagement is organised to have more senior team members for on the job coaching. You will also have a counselling manager to help with any other concerns and to help manage career progression.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Initially it would be difficult financially to live away from home, but the salary increases significantly after the second year, with increases as you progress through exams.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with beyond the day to day role, recruitment events, sports clubs, department social committees to name a few.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
If you are set on a career in accountancy or finance then a school leaver programme is a great way to go. EY is a fantastic brand to have on your CV and will open plenty of doors upon qualification.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
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