Buisness Academy Student at EY

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Work Experience
Review Date:
August 2019

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1. Please give an overview of what your work experience involved:


My work experience involved a variety of tasks working with the audit team at EY. On a daily basis I worked with different team members reviewing proofs as the team were performing a year end audit. Additionally I undertook a couple of tasks led by student recruitment including a presentation on a new piece of technology and an organisation task.

2. What training and skills development did you learn from your work experience?


I think throughout the week I realised that my weaknesses were mainly due to a lack of knowledge surrounding the in-depth details of what audit entails as well as more specifically managing the technology of programs like excel and EY Canvas. However I have learnt a tremendous amount about said programs and I wholeheartedly feel more knowledgeable in regards to audit and more broadly the innerworkings of a financial service company.

3. To what extent did you enjoy your work experience?


I thoroughly enjoyed my work experiences and the opportunities I was given at EY to not only meet new people but also to learn a massive amount about not only the financial service industry but also office work in general and the mechanics that go into working daily in an office environment.

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4. How well organised was your work experience?


My work experience was very well organised, at the start of the week we were issued with a guideline timetable which was followed well. Additionally other tasks were added throughout the week to my online calendar and thus it was easy to keep a track of where and what I was meant to be doing.

5. How much did you learn about the company culture and what it would be like to work there?


I surprisingly learnt a lot, I was unsure how realistic my week would be since it was an organised programme however I feel I really got an insight into the true culture of EY - which was an overwhelmingly positive one and therefore in my opinion it appears a great place to work.

6. How much did your work experience help you in deciding on your future career path?


It helped me to consolidate my knowledge in regards to apprenticeships as I left knowing a lot more than I did at the start of the week. However it left me with a lot of questions regarding my future options and these are questions I will research thoroughly in the near future.

7. Were you paid or reimbursed for this experience?


Yes, we were paid £6.15 an hour for our time, which is a highly competitive salary for this type of program. Additionally the company paid for two meals out throughout the week to encourage team bonding as well as paying for train tickets when traveling was required to client sites.

8. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees?


Yes, there were a variety of opportunity's to network such as the aforementioned team lunches, as well as this we were told to make a LinkedIn account which really helped to network with people I met throughout the week. Additionally around the office meeting other people was commonplace.

9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend?


9b. Why?

I would recommend EY to a friend as this experience helped to give me a broad insight into life not only working in a financial service firm but also general office life and in that way it is an invaluable experience that I will carry with me when applying for other jobs in the future

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

I would certainly warn them of the time it takes to take part in the application process as it was highly time consuming albeit very rewarding. Additionally I would recommend they research the company's ethos as this helped to understand the lengthy process whilst also suggesting they practice quick calculations as these are required.

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