1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As a technology scholar I join project teams and generally help out towards the completion of the project. I am given real responsibility and have the opportunity to take a key role in some areas of the project. I am able to network with a wide range of personnel and can tailor the experience to work towards my own personal goals.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a wide range of skills such as coding and have developed existing skills such as teamwork, computer skills, and presentation skills. Everyone I have worked with has been more than happy to spend time with me helping me learn new skills or refine existing ones. I was able to work on projects that I felt suited my skills and would help me develop existing ones.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I love my programme as it suits well to me continuing my studies at university normally. I also love the culture at EY as everyone cares about me and what I hope to gain from my experience. Both years I have been on the programme I was placed in great teams who I have a lot of fun working with and was able to join in all the social aspects of working in London. I felt I made a real difference to my team and enjoyed working with EY.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I feel very valued by EY. Not only are the people around me always happy to listen to my views but even high level partners have agreed to meet with me for coffee or allow me to shadow them so that I can find out more about the company and their careers. My managers have always given me a full involvement in the projects and have always helped me fully understand the goals of the project and where I felt best suited to work within the project.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
My programme is well organised and during the summer I always had someone to talk to about anything I wanted to do and usually received a positive response. We have 2 general training days when we join followed by an IT training day. Then we have a day of induction into our area followed by meeting our new project team. Throughout the summer programme there was always a variety of events, both social and networking that we were invited to.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We had two days of training when we first started our work for the summer and were given a wide range of training across all areas of business such as writing emails, being present in meetings and producing documents to be published. I felt we received a lot of support and we were given contacts to get in touch with if we had any more questions. We were also given a role play to practice interacting with people in a business setting.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I felt like I received a lot of support. We always had someone to contact if we needed help, both a mentor who was manager level to ask for help, or a buddy who was a graduate to ask day to day questions to. I always felt comfortable asking for help from my team and there was a positive attitude towards providing help and supporting me throughout my programme. Help from the company in general was always easily accessed since they had an online support forum.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary covered my costs of the train, underground and food and social costs. It may have been more consumed if I had been living in London and not commuting but it still would have covered those costs. A lot of the social events were hosted by EY so were funded by them. The salary is the same for all areas of internships and scholarships across the levels until you graduate.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities outside of work. Within my project team were regularly had social events and activities including Bounce and drinks. As a EY Summer programme we spent a day on CSR volunteering planning trees. You are welcomed to join the EY societies, for example football or women in business. I joined a couple of away days for areas of work.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
At EY you are welcomed with lots of support and someone is always available to help you. You are welcomed to tailor your programme to match your goals for the summer. Everyone is very friendly and happy to help new joiners in their career. I met with a number of personnel from every level of the firms and was always met with a positive response.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Read and answer the questions on the online application form well since this is the main selection process initially, take your time on the cognitive ability assessments. At all interviews remain polite and don't be afraid to ask them to repeat a question or ask for a moment to think. At the assessment centre listen well and remain polite at all times. Throughout the programme make sure you are getting the most of out of your time there and that you ask for anything you want to do.
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