Assistant Tax Advisor at EY

Start Date:
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5)
£1,850 monthly
Review Date:
September 2019

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Review Score

8.6 /10

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


My work varies on a day to day basis. There are a number of different 'pools' which you can classify in my job, namely being compliance, advisory and transactions. I generally find that towards the latter half of the year, work depends to become a lot more compliance based but this doesn't not mean that I'm doing the same thing everyday by any means! Each client will have different circumstance and you need to look at apply your knowledge and the legislation all the time which allows you to continually learn on the job.

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


My organisation skills and management skills have developed over my period at EY, and my team have provided me with further tips to help hone these skills further.

I have also improved my IT technical skills, communication and writing as these are all key areas to my day to day job.

I have definitely improve my presentation skills but this is something which I feel still needs to be developed in the next few years.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I throughly enjoy the programme! I joined with a peer group which means that we go through everything together. You have college together and then you organise your own socials which means that you don't feel like you're missing out on the Uni life - you also get paid on a monthly basis which helps with the nights out. Your team organise a number of events too, in the past few years I've done pizza making paddle boarding and a number of meals out .

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4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


When you join you given a buddy who is your day-to-day contact and is there to support you with all your ad hoc queries. Your role is to assigned a counsellor who will help you with the promotional aspects and your performance and your feedback. Both are located in your office and a part of your team so easily contactable and very approachable.I found my buddy really helped with the management of my programme. In addition there are separate exam team who are contactable and manage your college and exam sittings.

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


As already noted in the question above your assigned a Buddy and counsellor who are very approachable and always around if you need to talk to them. EY give you time off to sit your exams and when you are trying to balance revision and work all my colleagues are very aware of this and will make sure that I am not managing a large workload.

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


For each of your exams do you have a handful of days at college you then generally go back to work for approximately three weeks before sitting the exams. During this time you're expected to do revision in the evenings which is manageable as your colleagues are aware of this and don't expect you to work late.

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


You sit on the ACA qualification which is a well recognised accounting qualification. It covers a number of aspects including accounting, auditing, tax and financial management. Not all these elements will be used in your day-to-day job but it provides you with a good grounding for finance in business. I feel that the qualification definitely gives me more confidence with the work that I'm doing.

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.)


You join with a peer group so you get out what you put in! If you're proactive and organised a number event of events with your peer then you can definitely experience the Uni life and enjoy nights out and social events with your friends. EY also has a number of societies within the company including the women's network, a netball club and a football club.

9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend?


9b. Why?

I have really enjoyed my time away and I'm definitely looking forward to the next few years. I have no regrets over the decision which I made and I definitely feel more confident with my job now that I've had a few years of experience in the role. My team are really supportive and I helping me with the progression of my career, we are now discussing the possibilities of doing a secondment overseas which is really exciting.

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

I would say that you get out what you put in - EY is a very friendly and welcoming company but if you want something make it known to your team and they will do everything to try and make it happen. In your first year I would just recommend that you ask a lot of questions, nobody expects you to be an expert in finance as you've just come straight from school but show enthusiasm and the ability to think on your feet!

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