1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I'm a business trainee in Restructuring, and I deal with daily administration work, and working a lot with excel and powerpoint on a weekly basis. I have been involved in the Oil & Gas sector a lot and also looking to get involved in healthcare.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed a lot of technical skills, such as technical knowledge for the Restructuring work and developed computer skills such as excel and powerpoint.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoy my School leaver programme, this is because we have such a tight peer group who we can go to with any questions as we are all going through the same thing. I also have found the firm really supportive of any issues we have and they are very understanding.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I feel very valued by EY because of the time they have taken to train us and develop our learning, and they clearly have belief in our abilities which is encouraging.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is quite structured exam/qualification wise, and in Restructuring we have a year rotation is the LASER team and a year rotation in the FORT team and then we decide what team we would like to be in.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We receive a lot of support from Kaplan, and tutors are always available for extra support.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We receive a lot of support from EY for exams, however I think we should be entitle to more time off for exams, as we are allowed 3 hours off per exam and that is to actually sit the exam itself. We have a lot of support in terms of guidance, as when we start the programme we are allocated a buddy to speak to informally and they provide general support in starting the firm. However, throughout our career we are allocated a counsellor and they are great for support, to speak to about any issues you have or if you need more support from work etc.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I think our salary could reflect our costs a bit more than it does. For example, working and living in London is very expensive for some, including daily costs. But the pay does go up each year in line with the school leaver programme, and for my age I am very well paid, so I am satisfied for myself.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are always lots of company events, and I get involved in the Women's networking events out of work, and I really enjoy these, and its great to meet new people around the firm.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I have really enjoyed the programme so far, and I think that as a firm, EY have been really supportive with any issues I have had outside of work.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
The application process is hard, but achievable, be yourself, relax and if you are right for EY, you will get it.
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