Audit Associate at EY

Start Date:
Programme Type:
School Leaver Programme
£21,500 annually
Review Date:
22nd June 2016

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


Interacting with the financial team at client site. Discussing significant accounts and nature of the business. Working in a team to produce high quality audit working papers.

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


I have developed my communication skills due to having to plan multiple meetings with the client and at times communicate complicated matters via email. I believe I have also developed my confidence as I have been required to take responsibility for areas assigned to me, which has meant I conduct all communication and planning with the client to ensure I complete the work by the deadline.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


The EY school leaver programme is very good. It has provided me with invaluable experience that I believe you cannot gain whilst at university.

4. How valued do you feel by EY?


EY has a strong people culture which means you always feel as part of a team rather than a top 4 financial services firm in the world. I think this is very important in ensuring you enjoy what you do.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


Overall the training and the induction process has been well so far. However, at times I feel that there is a lack of communication on behalf of EY which can sometimes mean you are left with little time to plan the dates for training etc into your diary.

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


The ICAEW employees are very helpful and you can always get in touch with them in case of any questions or queries in regards to ACA qualification. You always receive your course material on time and receive communication in regards to your exams.

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


The level of support is good. My counselor always makes time to meet with me in case of any issues I need to discuss with him or just for a catch-up. My buddy is also very helpful and seeing as he has been in my position only a year ago, he knows exactly the struggles I may be facing and so he gives great advice.

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


The salary package is great for someone who has just left sixth form. Very competitive salary, which in comparison to most of my friends who are in employment, is much higher.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


There are always community socials happening in every department such as summer socials. During busy season (Jan - April) the firm hosts Friday drinks at the office every Friday to thank the staff for their hard work. Other events include the fantastic Christmas Party which is a great opportunity to network with more employees at the firm.

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


9b. Why? *

EY is one of the most prestigious companies to work for due to its status as one of the Big 4. The ACA Professional Qualification offered as part of the School Leaver Programme is a great deal and the fact the firm incurs all costs makes it the best opportunity to be a part of. The experience sets you up for life and no matter where your career ends up, you will always make use of the skills you gained and developed whilst at EY.

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

I would say completing accounting related studies prior to joining EY may be useful as they will give you a slight boost when completing your certificate level exams.

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