1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I review the financial statements of companies and preform substantive and controls testing day to day. I have client interaction on a daily basis.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have enhanced my interpersonal skills and I am able to approach the client confidently and with comfort. I have developed both audit skills and computer skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
On a day to day basis, the content of the work being assigned to you standard for a first year. The work is stimulating, and ensures that you are continuously learning. There are opportunities to perform work usually assigned to higher levels as well as your knowledge increases.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
My managers are always approachable and available to chat, you are provided recognition rewards when you perform particularly well. Managers are always thankful for you effort and ensure they tell you throughout audit engagement.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is well structured and we are treated the same as a first year grad. We are aware of college times and our timetable is sent out ahead of time.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The tutors who have taught me have been available to help outside of college hours, and have been contactable throughout the courses.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We have internal training throughout the year, as well as a buddy and counselling system. These systems ensure we have someone to help and talk to throughout the year.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As I currently live at home, my salary exceeds my monthly expenditure, so I am able to save a decent amount whilst working after taking into account travelling expenses.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
My team have monthly social events, where the team get together and relax. We have a variety of activities from dinner and drinks to more physical activities like farmer wars etc.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I have gained an invaluable amount of experience during my first year, and am closer to becoming chartered than many of my friend who are attending university.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Ensure you take time to look at the EY website, as there are many tips regarding the assessment centre process and the application stages. It's important to be yourself throughout the process and to show a genuine interest.
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