Associate at EY

Start Date:
2018
Location:
Edinburgh Scotland
Programme Type:
School Leaver Programme
Salary:
£17,200 annually
Review Date:
December 2018

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Review Score

8.2/10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:

9/10

I work in financial services assurance in the wealth and asset management service line. day to day I work on auditing funds and only after a few weeks I was given my own funds to audit rather than just doing small parts on others. I have been out to a few client site to do work. I feel I have some responsibility and it is appropriate for the role I am in

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?

10/10

I have learnt to communitcate in a professional manor to colleagues and clinets, for example having never written an email for any work purposes to now feeling comfortable writting one to external clinets. I am also working towards getting my ACA.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

7/10

sometimes the work is not of great interest as it is the basics that just need to be done however the their has been interesting work for example traveling down to london for some merger work. the team around me is great and even though they are all busy they are will always answer my questions. EY is definately a great working environment and cant really fault it. The work was differnent to what i expected. I thought it was be easier work to start off with than it was, and therefore found the content of the job plus revising for exams hard at first. however since then i have learnt to manage my time and as a result i have enjoyed the job more.

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4. How valued do you feel by EY?

10/10

Being the lowest role in the office i expected to not be valued very highly. however i have a good relatioship with my manger and colleagues and have been given similar responsibities, at times, to second and thrid years for example during merger nights in london, which i would never have expected as a result i do feel valued by EY and my colleagues

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

5/10

the training for the assurance is good for example there was a weeks training in london before we started in the office to give us an iddea of our job and the role we will play in the office and we have a buddy system therefore general work questions we can ask them. i would say the training for the job is excellent and there is always someone to aks for help.h However the organisation for the external exams is not on the same level, as school leavers we often get left off email lists and therefore have to ask the grads to know where we are meant to be and what we are doing.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

8/10

there is class room based learning for the majority of the content plus all the learning is online in videos and through notes, giving us various ways to revise and learn the content which is helpful. I am also dyslexic and ICAS, the training provider, has put the appropriate support in place for my needs.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

7/10

EY capped my hours at work so i worked 7.5 hours day instead of longer hours for my exam at the begining of December however and a day off for revision the week before the exam, again my colleages who have done these before are always there to answer questions on the material

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7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

8/10

i feel i have enough money to live on and i am richer than my fiends as they are all at uni

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

10/10

there are loads of events adn opporunties for employees, EY give us two extra days of holiday for voluntary events raising money for charity, some EY organise for example there has been trips to the desert to rasie money. there are also lots of events that EY goes to and runs from UCAS fairs to assessment centre days, at all of these events anyone is able to help out in.

9. Would you recommend EY to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

It is a great working environment and i enjoy this job more than any other to date, this is down to the people i work with, the way i feel valued and the fact that i am working to furthering my career at one of the top accounting firm in the country and therefore i would recommend this experience to anyone

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY?

have a strong CV and be yourself in the interviews, and dont worry about the people interviewing you or the employees at the assessment days becasue they are all nice and if you deserve the job youll get it

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