1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
In my work experience I had been put into the Tax department and was given the same role any graduate would receive which was very good. This allowed my full and complete access to what a tax consultant would do In the global mobility sector. I had to check through bank statements and refer/correct any issues that may have arised.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have gained multiple skills in interacting with different types of clients. Alao I have learnt how EY do things and what they would like their work to represent and their standards. I have learnt so many invaluable skills, such as presentation, communication, teamwork and how to network effectively. I was Also Shown how the company Works with clients on a daily basis.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The smart futures programme exceeded my expectations, and I am so glad I applied for it, as it was an amazing way to spend my summer. The people there are so friendly and eager to help, and I built a great network with people I would have never met otherwise. We were even presented to partners, and important clients, which made us feel much more involved and part if EY. I will never forget my three weeks at EY, as I learnt so much about the professional services industry, and met incredible people.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I felt very valued and appreciated, as everyday I would see my manager and director and they would always be so keen on my findings and feedback. My manager even organised a meeting in the last day, where I presented my tasks and gave my feedback. Some days I would even go out to lunch with members of the team, which was great!
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The three weeks had a full structure to it and had conplete allowence of training periods. This coupled with good delegation of tasks and support made it a very good experience. Everything was well organised and ran smoothly. We all had a timetable and knew what we had to do. Also the induction was vet useful, in providing us an insight into the firm, and what we would do in the following weeks.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Everyone was extremely nice and supportive. Everyone in the department showed me exactly how to do everything I needed to and were willing to answer to my questions. Felt like I was actually helping the department when I was doing account checks and realised the stuff was going to be used in the proposal.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I feel that my buddy and counsellor are the best that anyone could ever ask for. They are always there and willing to give up some of their time to help me out, sit and have a chat with me when things are getting tough and always put my mind at ease.
The VAT team are very friendly, and everyone is always available should I need help with a piece of work, or have something personal going on outside of work. It's very flexible.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Initially, travel was hurting my pockets quite abit seeing as they did not cover my travel costs or my food, however after seeing the amount I was paid I was happy however after being taxed I was quite annoyed however I understand that may have been my fault. The pay in general was quite good though.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many opportunities outside of work. I have been told that there will be many events where I can come and meet the people that I have met today. Also there are many events and charities which are in my area which I can join and some which I have already joined such as the Amos Bursary who aim to aid those from black deprived backgrounds.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
This program has allowed me to grow both as an individual and also as a professional in the corporate world. I have improved in a range of skills, including presentational skills, confidence, communication skills, and also IT competency as I can now use Microsoft Excel to a better standard. This program has also helped me meet new people who share the same aspirational career goals as me who I will most definitely stay in contact with after this programme.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Make sure that you read and re-read your application as this gives the recruitment team a brief overview of you.
Take your time with the tests, and when you have your assessment centre, strike up as many conversations as you can (I still have contact with a few people from my assessment centre, and we meet up periodically).
Make sure that you do your research and, if in doubt, follow the EY Schools Twitter/Facebook page and ask a question. I wish I had done this, as my college was solely focused on university, so I had to make choices off of nothing.
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