1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role includes working on administrations, liquidations, cash flow reviews and financial services long term run offs and advisory work.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt about how businesses operate in a regulated environment. I have also been able to develop my confidence and people skills. I have even been afforded the opportunity to pitch to a client along with 3 senior partners and managers in the firm.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the programme a lot as I think it provides you with a wide range of experiences. I have joined the Restructuring team in TAS. Within TAS I rotate between two teams where I can experience different types of work, and then after two years I get to choose which team I would like to join permanently. I like that we are given this flexibility.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
EY go out of their way to make it easy to combine work and home life. We have a work from home policy, where you can take your laptop home with you and work remotely if you need to. Ey do regular people surveys and are keen to get feedback from their employees on how they can improve.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very well structured. We have blocks of working in the office and then roughly every six months we will have a couple of weeks of college, shortly followed by two exams. The programme could be improved if study leave was provided. However, I have now done 6 of my 15 exams, and have managed to do so within the current structure
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We receive support from Kaplan. Teachers provide their email addresses and are happy to email or call you if you need help in your studies.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
EY does not play a massive role in supporting our studies as this lies primarily with Kaplan, however the people at EY are keen to help you to develop and grow in both knowledge and your technical abilities. I have received some great help from those who I have worked with on various projects, and I really appreciate that.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary is competitive, and the second year definitely allows you to get more comfortable, as the pay goes up slightly. I still live at home, but I know that some of my friends moved into London and began to rent as soon as they joined EY.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are plenty of networks outside of work. There is also plenty to do in the city.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
EY is great place to start your career as there is so much opportunity to experience new projects and types of work.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
I would say to research EY and its mission. I think it'm important to have some commercial awareness by reading a few articles in the economist or financial times. Try and link these articles to the job you are applying for (so do research the job description too!) so you can mention these in your interview.
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