Part-Qualified Audit Senior at EY

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Start Date:
2014
Location:
Scotland
Programme Type:
School Leaver Programme
Salary:
£31,500 annually
Review Date:
April 2019

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Review Score

8.5 /10

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

8/10

The day to day role includes working as part of a team to audit financial statements for a vast number of clients ranging from small private companies to FTSE50 businesses. Tasks involve attending client meetings, coaching more junior members of the team and performing audit work on a number of areas of the financial statements. Days can be extremely varied and allow for a wide range of opportunities.

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

9/10

During my programme I have learnt a wide variety of new skills in addition to developing skills which I already possessed. These skills range from soft skills to business skills to presenting skills and technical accounting knowledge. This has involved spending time studying for institute exams as well as undertaking employer courses to develop skills. I've had lots of opportunities to put these skills learnt into practice in a variety of client situations.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

I enjoy the programme to a large extent. The opportunities and learning available to me has allowed me to enjoy the programme as I constantly feel like I've being encouraged to take new opportunities or try new things. The teaming aspect of the business has also contributed to the enjoyment of the programme thus far.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?

8/10

The programme is extremely well organised and is structured similarly for all participants, creating a clear progression route and directly leading to a challenging career at the end of the programme. The relationship with the training provider allows participants to understand their next steps and measure their progress on the programme.

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

8/10

As a programme participant I receive a lot of support from my employer and my colleagues who have also undertaken a similar training contract. The clear differentiation between time allocated to learning and skills development and time dedicated to client work allows support to be focussed and relevant at the right time. My employer have provided support for both my studies and my position as an employee within the business.

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

9/10

The training provider, relevant to my qualification, provides both online and in person support which means there's always someone to ask regardless if you're currently undertaking face to face studies or not. The training provider has supported participants through exams and is always on hand to offer helpful advice and solutions to any issues facing students.

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

9/10

My qualification makes up a large proportion of my programme and is necessary for my role within the business. Learnings provided by the training provider strongly correlate with skills required to perform my role and provide me with the technical knowledge required to meet the needs of our clients. The qualification is widely recognised in the industry and is demanding but rewarding.

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.)

9/10

There are a number of extra-curricular opportunities available to programme participants including sports teams, networking opportunities (both internal and external) and a number of committees including charities committees, social events committee and groups who strive to support employees in their roles within the business. There is a social culture within the organisation and a number of opportunities to get involved besides the day job.

9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

I would recommend my employer to a friend due to the opportunities for learning and the exposure to the industry by taking part in the programme. The programme has provided me with opportunities to develop both personally and professionally and has allowed me to undertake a well regarded qualification which opens doors within the business.

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

Think about the skills you have and what you can bring to the business but also think about the skills you think the business is looking for in an individual and consider whether things you've done thus far promote that you have these skills. Also do some research before applying to make sure you understand the business, its operations and its strategy. This will also allow you to consider whether you think the business and the programme would be a good fit for you. Also try to communicate and engage with the business and programme participants on the designated social media pages.

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