Assistant Tax Advisor at EY

Start Date:
South West
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£20,000 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:


Research of the new tax laws that are coming into play, and old tax laws that apply to the companies that I am working on. I also do a fair amount of admin, including filing, opening/closing codes and looking at codes. There is also putting through memo amendments and contacting EY in other countries to get their tax perspective on certain areas.

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


I have developed many skills such as writing emails for both clients and internal purposes. I have learnt many tax rules and am slowly getting my head around how to apply them to different companies in different situations. I have also attended a few meetings, and my note taking is improving.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I really enjoy it. I have learnt many new things, and everyone is happy to take the time to explain anything I don't understand and answer my questions. People of all levels are approachable, and are always willing to help you as and where they can. I also had the joy of staying in Birmingham for some of my training

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


Relatively well structured and organised. I do feel like there is too long between my first lot of college and the exam for that college work, however this has given me a nice period of time to settle down in the company and do non exam related things. However I am worries about forgetting my college for my exam.

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


As much as I ask for which is really good. I also find I am often questioned as to whether I need support, so I don't always have to ask for it. But again, everyone is approachable and happy to support me, or suggest someone who might be able to support me better.

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


I have had a few prompting emails so they have kept in contact with me. If I ask for help then they seem more than willing to try and give it to me. I do wish there was more in the way of support though, and they invited us to support sessions.

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


A few things have connected and been helpful, however the qualification vs the job I do don't link much. I give advice on tax in my job, but getting a qualification in accountancy. The training has helped me to understand financial accounts better so when looking through them at work for certain information, this has been made easier/more familiar to me.

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.)


I have attended a few social events, and there are quite a few social events and networks that I have heard about in EY. The networks sound interesting, however I have not attended any, as I do other activities outside of work, and don't really have the time to join anything extra.

9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend?


9b. Why?

Because everyone is very friendly, the pay is good and you come out with a great qualification at the end of it all, as well as many years of experience in a working industry. You are very employable, and EY is a well known and good firm to work for.

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

Be yourself, try your best and make sure you know the job description and everything about the job you are applying for. There are a lot of resources on the EY website to help you understand your job better and help you do the best you can when applying, so make the most of it!

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