1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
As this apprenticeship relates to audit, on a day to day basis I would be travelling to a client in the morning, then most likely meeting with a few others from EY as the client. Then you would perform a number of financial 'tests' such as checking sales existed or if the payroll number is correct for example. This will involve both independent work as well as liaising with the client.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Confidence and presenting, due to the constant contact you have with people who are high up in the clients finance teams, such as FCs and FDs.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy this programme, however, the industry (audit) does mean deadlines meaning potential for many late nights, particularly in the first half of the year.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I do feel valued due to the amount of time they put in to training, but again, feeling valued is harder to get in a large organisation.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There is a clear structure and due to this being a new programme, there are still room for change if something is not working too well.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I feel I do receive an good amount of support from my training provider.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Due to the scale of the business, there is many people and departments that can help you, allowing you to receive good support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As a school leaver, costs are lower so currently it does.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities, such as at Southern Chartered Accountant Student Society (SCASS) events which involve people who are doing a similar training programme but at a different firms too. They organise events which most are free and fun to attend.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a firm where progression is more of an expectation that a rarity, due to the firm growing so if you want to fast track to a manager in a Big 4 Accountancy company, it is a great place to work.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Always ask questions.
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