1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an associate within the assurance department. Daily tasks include working through all balance sheet and P&L accounts and testing the balances. I am able to interact with the client and my team on a daily basis as we often work from client sites as a team.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
As I am studying for my ACA, I have so far completed 2 exams. I have also been on several training courses such as a residential week (Introduction to Audit) and another 2 day course (Developing Audit Knowledge).
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme very much as I get to work with different teams and different clients. I am also able to choose what clients I want to work on. The job was exactly what I expected, although slightly longer hours on occasion.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I feel very valued as I am often praised on work that I have completed to a high standard. I am also able to take on larger roles in an audit which helps me progress and it shows that I am a trusted member of the team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
At the start of the programme, there is a lengthy training and induction process, so that individuals are not thrown straight into work. It enabled us to understand the job and what was required before we started. We are also provided with a buddy and counsellor to help us along the way and to answer any questions.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
As my course is over 5 years, the time spent at college is minimal as it is so spread out. However, we are always able to contact them in case of any questions and there is a lot of support available if required.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Due to every individual being given a buddy and a counsellor, it helps you feel really supported. You are able to talk to them about any issues you have, and it wont affect your time in work.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am currently living at home so my living costs are relatively low, however, I am looking to move out soon. Currently, I will just be able to afford the rent each month. For me, the salary that I am on, isn't enough for living costs, especially in London.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
EY are always putting on social events and have several teams that organise these. There are also several groups that you can get involved with such as sports teams, arts etc.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Although there are both positives and negatives, there is always a positive atmosphere and it is such a friendly company, which I have fully enjoyed my first 10 months working for.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
The application process can be quite strenuous as it is lengthy, however, just stick with it. Just be yourself and show that you are motivated and that you actually want the job and are interested in the work you will be doing.
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