1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a trainee associate within the audit department.
I play an active role as part of audit teams on a variety of engagements. I have to co-ordinate with other team members on a daily basis to review the financial statements of companies. I also tend to have daily interactions with client
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt a plethora of new skills since joining EY, such as:
Developing my Mircosoft excel skills to produce pivot tables, graphs, perform v-lookups etc
Developed my team building skills
Develop my client interaction skills
Increase my accounting knowledge
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have loved taking part in the programme. I really enjoy the work that I do and work with fantastic people. EY has an excellent culture where they help you to achieve the best of your ability. The programme has exceeded all expectations I had
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I feel valued by EY. They regularly perform surveys to ask for your opinion and I always feel that if I had any issues they would be willing to address them
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme has a fantastic induction in London. It really helps you appreciate the massive size and professionalism of EY from the outset. The firm also provides training on a regular basis
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive a good amount of support of support from training provider. They have regular contact with myself to ensure that my need and requirements are being met. Whenever I attend training courses they the providers are always extremely helpful and willing to provide support
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I receive a lot of support from my employer. I am in regular contact with my counsellor to discuss feedback, development work and future engagements that I am on. I also receive a lot of support from managers on engagements who provide me with any guidance if I feel I need
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I have a fairly good salary package. I receive a good benefits package and pension. The overall salary is competitive compared to other firms however given the more challenging and demanding school leaver programme at EY compared to other companies I feel that the salary could be improved
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The are a plethora of opportunities outside of the workplace. I have had the opportunity to take part in local education events such as insight evenings to enhance others knowledge of EY. There are also plenty of travelling opportunities for those willing to participate in them
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I would recommend EY to a friend as they are a company that help you to grow and develop. They provide excellent training and support and really help you to develop your skills and achieve your goals.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
I would tell others to go ahead and apply as there are no better school leaver opportunities out there. The testing in the application process is challenging however do your best and you will be fine
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