Assurance Assistant Senior at EY

Start Date:
2015
Location:
Bristol South West
Programme Type:
School Leaver Programme
Salary:
£24,950 annually
Review Date:
January 2019

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Review Score

10.0/10

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

10/10

I work as an Assistant Senior in the Audit department which is part of Assurance. My work varies on a daily basis as I work on a number of different engagement with different teams. My role in the team changes per engagement, sometimes I am the lead on site and main client contact, and other times I am focused on a specific piece of work and coach junior members of the team.

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

10/10

I joined EY with no prior accounting knowledge and very little work experience. I have now completed the ICAEW CFAB qualification and I am working through my ACA professional level exams. I have significantly improved by Excel skills and I am now able to use EY internal tools which focus on audit efficiency.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

10/10

One good part of the job is the variety of clients I get to work with and the travelling that comes with that. Every engagement has a different team which means you get to meet lots of different people and build good working relationships. I like that the job is somehow consistent and inconsistent at the same time. Although there is constant variety in my work, the end goal is always the same.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

10/10

All course work is spread out over the training contract to allow you enough time to study. No exams are planned during the busiest months of the year so that there is no need to sacrifice study time to work. There is a school leaver contact at the office that is very approachable in case any issues might arise.

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?

10/10

No exams are planned during the busiest months of the year so that there is no need to sacrifice study time to work. Everyone respects the hours of those that need to study and don't put extra pressure on those. Everyone that I have worked with has been willing to provide coaching to those on the school leaver programme.

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?

10/10

Our exam training for the ICAEW ACA qualification is provided by Kaplan Financial. They provide us with required study materials as well as extra summary notes as support. During the course the staff is dedicated to make sure the students understand all concepts. They are available for contact outside of the course dates if any extra support is needed.

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?

10/10

Some of the exams that we sit as part of the ACA qualification relate directly to our day to day job, for example the accounting and assurance related exams. Other exams might not relate to our day to day job but do give us a better understanding of other issues a business might face.

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)

10/10

EY has a variety of sports teams that employees are able to join as well as societies based on your lifestyle and interests. The firm is quite social so drinks are often organised after the working week. This allows people so socialize and connect on a more personal level. In addition, we have office wide social events in the form of a summer and Christmas party. EY also allows you to participate in voluntary work through CSR days.

9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

The EY School Leaver Programme is a great alternative to university for those who prefer to learn by doing the work rather than just reading about it. The firm is very supportive of your studies and allows you to have a good work-life balance. Every day is different as you often don't work on the same clients for long and you are performing many different tasks.

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

Do research into the company and the specific role you are applying to so that you are sure it is a good fit for you. Take part in experience days to show your interest and to learn more about the company. Be yourself during the interviews, if you and the interviewer get along well it probably means you are a good fit for the company.

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