Trainee Associate at EY

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Start Date:
2012
Location:
Scotland
Programme Type:
School Leaver Programme
Review Date:
September 2013

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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:

10/10

My current job title is Trainee Associate. My day to day tasks are varied, and can involve anything from holding meetings with clients, to completing audit work and studying for exams. Due to the relatively flat structure of the firm, and the small nature of the Aberdeen office I get to deal with colleagues at every level. Every day I am dealing with clients whether it be via e-mail, telephone or face to face conversation.

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

10/10

I have learned an awful lot about accountancy since I've been at EY. I've succesfully passed 2/10 of the exams required to gain a CA with ICAS. Other than the accountancy and audit skills I have learned, i feel my soft skills such as team working, leadership and client interactions have increased signifcantly also.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

10/10

I love my job. Varied work day to day, deal with tons of different people, work in very tight nit teams and have a good laugh whilst working hard.

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4. How valued do you feel by EY?

9/10

I feel each of the managers on my jobs value my input both to the audit on the whole and to team discussions both work and non work related. I feel I have the opportunity to develop and take on more challenging pieces of work when asked for.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

5/10

Induction matched with graduate programme. Structure of exams still undecided, leading to lots of uncertainty.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?

9/10

Plenty of study leave, managers will allow you extra study leave if requested.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?

8/10

Councellor/ Buddy on hand to answer any queries.

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7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?

4/10

Low pay and Aberdeen is an expensive city. Even at my level, outside of my firm I could probably get paid 10k more a year, although this is counterbalanced by the development opportunities offered by EY as well as the important experience in audit which looks great on CVs.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

8/10

Lots of social/ charity events. Each year the Aberdeen office will pick a charity to support and we have several fundraising events to raise money for them. We also play football every 3rd Friday and have 2 balls/ dances a year.

9. Would you recommend EY to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

Great company to work for, great people you work with.

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

Be confident during interview process. Be sure that you want to go to work rather than Uni and ensure you know thoroughly the reasons why.

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