Associate at EY

Start Date:
Central London & City
Programme Type:
School Leaver Programme
£21,750 annually
Review Date:
March 2019

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


On a normal working day, I am working on significant accounts identified by the senior. I create workbooks for each, and then adequately test them to ensure reliability and confidence. I spend my day emailing or contacting the client with any queries I may have identified, and learning more about the business.

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


I have developed my excel skills immensely, I am able to perform different functions and procedures that I could not before. My communication skills have also developed, I am able to frequently correspond with my manager and keep her up to date, helping to remain efficiency in the team and productivity.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I thoroughly enjoy my programme, I love the people I have met and I love getting the chance to work with people from different cultures and listen to their experiences and how that could help me in the future. I enjoy this more than the work I do, as sometimes I find it slightly tedious.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


My programme is not fairly organised, especially before the job has started there is not high amounts of communication.

The structure of the programme has not been explained well enough, from the beginning and I am still not sure when all my exams are and the deadline to my programme.

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


There are lots of programmes for support and they are good at helping with extra circular activities. However, there is not great support for your annual leave or the hours you work or time for leave. I believe there could be greater time given for exams and more support to help employees pass.

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


I believe there is limited support for exams, barely get any support for excused leave and not enough time. Our revision support is not released with enough time.

I do receive emails from Kaplan regardless reminding us to revise and that we can contact them if need be, or if we have any questions.

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


I believe the training provider does help as they give you a better understanding in a classroom environment away from the workplace.

The qualification does help with the job to a certain aspect, it helps you understand those weird questions that may somebody else would not understand. However, to perform the role of audit you can learn on the job and not particularly need training.

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.)


There are social clubs such as football and hockey, however there is not much emphasis on them and they could be supported better. There are no professional working events that I have been made aware of or any socials. This is a department I think that EY could improve on.

9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend?


9b. Why?

I would recommended EY to a friend as the skills you learn here you would not be able to learn elsewhere, you also meet a range of interesting people. EY offers you great responsibility at a young age and the ability to grow up the ladder at a quicker pace.

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

I would advise that you are dedicated to wanting to escalate your career quickly and you are prepared to dedicate your time to exams as they are extremely time consuming. I would also advise that you are adaptable to many circumstances such as working away for weeks and long nights.

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