1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My current job title is 'Associate' with my daily tasks varying dependant on firstly whether I am working on a client and secondly where I am working from. Most of my responsibilities/projects and my day to day tasks are very job dependant. This diversity keeps me highly interested and motivated to pursue my career in this industry. I am in contact every day with various members of the EY community and due to the variety of clients you get to meet many people in different offices and countries, its an ever expanding network.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Having come straight out of sixth form into the school leaver programme with no experience of the world of audit, everyday is a new exciting experience. I have been to a large number of internal training and you can request further internal training if you want to develop on certain aspects which is fantastic. Externally EY are putting me through my professional qualifications and they always ensure you have the support you require and that you are well kept whilst away from the offices.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy the programme I am on, my team members are very friendly and always willing to assist you. The culture at the company is very 'family' based, the door is always open for communication between the layers of the company and it has far exceeded my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I feel extremely value by EY and by extent all the team members I work with. If you're willing to put the effort in you are rewarded well and it will be recognised by people in your internal feedback.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
A lot of time and effort has gone into this programme from EY and it is highly structured to fit in with peak times of business and also set up way in advance so you can be prepared for external exams, college and when you're booked onto a client. Team hierarchy is clear you have your own counsellor and buddy to help you settle into the working environment and progress through the company.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
As much support as possible is received from the training provider with a communication channel always open for additional support.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
You are guided every step of the way throughout your time at EY from time spent on the client to internal training and other events. the attitude towards lower ranked staff is superb with constant support and encouragement.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
EY takes into account the cost of living in your region when providing a salary with the options of season loans to aid travel costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are always events happening externally from the office and if you express interest in participating in these you will be selected, for example student recruitment events you can volunteer for.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Its a fantastic company to work for which opens a lot of doors into a future in both this industry and many others. The experience gained from working here is invaluable.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Attend any online sessions EY offer to help give advice when attending assessment centre days, read up on the companies vision and goals and how you feel you can help EY achieve them. We are a friendly organisation, don't be nervous for the interview and make sure to ask your interviewer questions.
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