Executive Assistant at EY

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Start Date:
West Midlands
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£10,000 annually
Review Date:
April 2019

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Review Score

8.1 /10

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


Act as an ambassador and first point of contact for portfolio of Directors. Develop internal and external networks, building knowledge of key issues in order to identify and communicate priorities. Build relationships with internal/clients EAs identifying opportunities to enhance EY’s reputation. Provide diary management, escalating conflicts and exercising judgment on priorities. Proactively monitor meeting attendance, taking ownership to ensure enquiries and issues are appropriately delegated and resolved effectively. Facilitate all logistical arrangements and ensure all documentation is prepared in advance of meetings. Arrange, manage, organise and facilitate meetings on behalf of portfolio.

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


I have developed many skills such as my communication, interpersonal and organisational skills. Gained A flexible and professional approach, remaining calm under pressure. enhanced Knowledge of time zones and best means of travel between multinational locations and I also gained willingness to learn in a changing environment as well as a broadened knowledge of Microsoft Office packages.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I extremely enjoy this apprenticeship due to the various activities I was involved in. I was not micro-managed and had a lot of people who sharpened my skills and worked on my development. There was also a lot flexibility that allowed me to fluidly work on different projects whilst improving as an executive assistant.

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


My programme was well-structured however it had a few discrepancies every so often. This was because it was a new programme and was still in the development process. Nonetheless, it still operated and flowed well and allowed me to complete the apprenticeship successfully. In the future, it well be more structured ultimately making it more effective.

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


Working within the BSC has been an extreme pleasure as it has not only showcased EY’s values, but it has also epitomised them, teaching me how to be integral, respectful and demonstrate great teaming. Balancing these attributes with my EA skills has proved beneficial, as I have been able to launch projects and programmes that has impacted internal audiences and the wider community. As well as establishing relationships with internal personnel, I have been able to build great relations with clients which has allowed me to represent and endorse EY’s brand.

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


I gained good support from BPP as they had the right communication platforms such as Email, One file and regular catch up calls. They provided documents that contained the necessary information. To conclude, they provided the necessary means of support and would frequently keep in contact with me to ensure I progress in the apprenticeship.

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


The Business Accreditation qualification furthered my project management skills, with helped me create initiatives to target demographics who are not aware of EY’s student/career offerings ultimately attracting new talent for the company which adheres to EY’s mission of promoting inclusivity. My aim is to use the skills and knowledge I have gained over the past 16 months to support EY in delivering exceptional client service by playing a key role in providing support for the portfolio I would be managing

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 many social activities at EY. EY invest a lot into their employees so they organise social drinks by hiring bars and providing free drinks to sports days and bbqs. They even connect with smaller business' like the PA way to focus ensuring that all employees feel valued and appreciated.

9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend?


9b. Why?

EY has helped me to develop and has driven my career immensely. I believe that they work hard to ensure that employees thrive and gain the career success they aspire, by providing mentoring programmes and counselling sessions. More the work to home balance is extremely flexible and allows you to work more effectively

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

Research into EY and Vision 20/20. Understand there values and think of ways you have demonstrated them. EY's tagline is Building a better working world, so think of how you can play a key role in EY to help this fall into fruition. Finally, be motivated, amiable and driven.

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