Business Academy at EY

Start Date:
2019
Location:
Manchester
Programme Type:
Work Experience
Salary:
£180 weekly
Review Date:
August 2019

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Review Score

9.4 /10

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

9/10

The experience mostly involved working alongside, in my case the personal tax team, to help them in jobs they had to do. This was good as we were participating in real work that has to be done at EY as a pose to just being made something up which only emulates it.

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

10/10

Skill development was at the forefront of the experience. Whilst completing the work set it was teaching you to think like an accountant should. This was mostly around looking at smaller details of a clients situation and nuisances of the laws that apply to them in order to provide the client the best service.

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

9/10

The experience was very enjoyable. The work done at EY is very satisfying to complete, and as you are doing genuine work during the experience knowing your efforts are going somewhere meaningful makes it even more enjoyable. Moreover the people working at EY are easy to get on with and interesting to be around making the experience even better.

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4. How well organised was your work experience?

9/10

The experience reflected how organised EY is, with tasks and assessments already being scheduled into your weeks calendar with a constant stream of work coming from different people in your team meaning you don’t get bored as there is always something new and different to be looking into. EY also provided practical work on how to improve your skills to complete in your downtime.

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

10/10

After spending time with the people there it was clear what it would be like to work there. They are all driven highly intelligent people, so it is clear that if you wish to work there then you need to be able to meet their standard. This seemed consistent throughout the company giving a very professional impression of EY.

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

9/10

As it is so hands on with work it gives a real impression of what it is like to be an accountant. Enjoying this week makes me want to practice this at a higher level which is the aim of this week, leading nicely into the post 18 apprenticeship which is a fantastic start to your career.

7. Were you paid or reimbursed for this experience?

10/10

Yes, we were paid for this experience which was nice, however the knowledge gained more than trumps the financial gain you get out of the week. He money coming from this week is definitely not the main takeaway, as this week leads into the apprenticeship and future career opportunities that monetarily is worth more than the money gained soupy this week.

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

9/10

At EY working closely with your colleagues is at the forefront. This allowed you to meet lots of knew and insightful people regularly. Whilst on this week as well you worked closely with different members of your team whilst talking to other teams allowing you to network naturally and not forcefully.

9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

If you want a career working in accounting or even a professional, high level career then EY is the place to be. With EY offering opportunities such as this week and the apprenticeship, it is clear how to get into EY and where it can take you in your career even with the opportunity to study your professional qualifications.

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

It helps to be mathematically able, but that isn’t what EY is looking for. Instead you should be a well rounded person who is intelligent and easy to get on with as a team player as this is integral to EY as a company. Make sure you advertise this about yourself, and don’t come across as an academic “robot” because this isn’t the professional person they are looking for.

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