1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Associate, I work mainly on the RBS audit in Edinburgh. I am involved in the GFS team which basically looks at the systems used within the bank.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have quickly learnt to multitask which is an absolute must, also how to communicate with members of the team and with the client. I have also developed a further understanding of how the systems work in banks. I am currently sitting my ICAS exams to become a qualified chartered accountant of which I have passed 2/2 so far.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The teamwork aspect is very good, you get to meet a lot of new and different people. It is hard work but worthwhile when you complete a long and complex task.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
Within my banking team, I feel quite valued. I am often asked to help out with different tasks in order to develop my knowledge further. We often receive correspondence from the leadership team which I feel keeps everyone 'in the loop' which is important.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
On paper the structure of the programme seems to be sound. In reality I often have to chase up people to ask when my next exams are and they sometimes don't know. Also I feel that I am very much pooled with the graduates who have completed more exams and have more of a solid knowledge of audit which I don't think is particularly helpful. This is particularly evident in training where the assumed knowledge is unfairly prejudicial against school leavers.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The ICAS team are always on hand to help and can be reached by telephone or email. I contacted one of my tutors before my financial accounting exam and she was extremely helpful.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have a counsellor and a 'buddy', both of which have helped me greatly in settling in. The managers are very receptive also and keen to help if you have an issue.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
personally I think the starting salary is quite poor. For a person that has just left school and perhaps still live at home, its probably adequate. You can claim expenses for trips away and the meal allowances are quite generous.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are drinks and many social clubs that you can get involved in as well as charity work. The opportunities are there if you wish to get involved.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Big 4, meet quite a lot of nice people and you can complete your qualification which widens your opportunities in the working world.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Be yourself in the application process and also sell yourself. Don't be shy in telling them why they should hire you. At work, work hard but also enjoy your free time. Don't feel like you should work 24/7 just because you are new.
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