1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Trainee Associate, Daily tasks include auditing accounts. Testing, analytical review, communication with clients. responsibilities include completing tasks assigned to me within the given time on the engagement, being an asset to the team, helping out wherever possible.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
This year has been an extreme learning curve. I am studying ICAEW and I have completed two exams, Accounting and assurance. I have also taken part in two internal training courses, one being introduction to audit and developing audit knowledge. The personal skills I have developed is confidence, time management, responsibility for my own workload, communication and organisation. I have learned to audit most accounts.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The work is really interesting so I enjoy that. Every team I have been part of have been supportive and fun to be with. The company culture promotes a positive work life balance and we have two colleagues dedicated to helping (buddy and counsellor). It has exceeded my expectations.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I have felted appreciated on multiple occasions. the use of awards and frequent feedback promote an environment of recognition for hard work which is extremely encouraging.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
We have specific ICAEW representative who organise all of our college stays and we have many emails telling us all the relevant information. our resource co-ordinator at the office constantly keeps us booked and it makes for an interesting time at work.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We have a lot of support. as mentioned previously the role of our buddies and counsellors is to support and coach which is really helpful. also everyone on the teams are willing to help and coach.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As previously mentioned the role of your buddy and counsellor are vital in your time at EY. you have a constant support network and people who are their to make sure that your time at EY is enjoyable and helpful.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
For my age I would say I am on a really healthy salary. With petrol costs for travel over and above your normal commute to the office being able to be expensed this really helps when having finance in the month.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Lots of fun company events such as family days in which you get to network with people in the office. you can get involved with recruitment and meet lots of potential EY colleagues. there are lots of charitable things to get involved with especially with EY foundation and you get 2 days per year to do that sort of thing.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is an extremely exciting time to join EY. There is a clear focus on growth with vision 2020. The culture is extremely positive and there are so many opportunities within EY.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Learn a lot about EY, understand why you want to join EY and why you want to become an auditor. Network and find a point of contact within the business so you can get the best advice for all stages of the application process. There are lots of opportunities at EY so make sure you grab them while they are there. Be prepared to be flexible and you will enjoy your time at EY.
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