Business Trainee at EY

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Start Date:
2012
Location:
Central London & City
Programme Type:
School Leaver Programme
Review Date:
September 2013

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Review Score

7.8/10

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

10/10

- My Job title is Business Trainee. - Daily tasks involves dealing with issues arising from the liquidations of companies. - Internally, I liaise with managers in finding a solution to issues as well as completely statutory tasks. - Externally, I deal with creditors of these companies as well as the client and shareholders. - My responsibilities involve completing statutory duties, budget reporting and dealing with creditors. - I work on a variety of projects such as Members' Voluntary Liquidations and Creditors' Voluntary Liquidations with each case being unique and interesting. - My tasks on a day to day basis and therefore differs day to day.

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

10/10

- I am currently working towards completing my ACCA professional qualification. - Internally, I have attended insolvency training courses and business skills courses such as excel and word. - Externally, I attend college to work towards gaining my ACCA qualification. - Due to the large number of cases I work on combined with the statutory deadlines, my organisational skills have improved significantly along with my business english.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

- Each case I work on is unique and therefore very interesting. You always learn something new. This means that it can be difficult to become bored of your job! - The team I work in are very close and often socialise together. There is a real team spirit. - EY really focus on people and put real trust in to you. Often allowing you to work "flexibly" which means you can work from home if you want. - The programme has exceeded expectations however I was hoping there would be more opportunity to travel. But for the department I work in, travelling is not common.

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4. How valued do you feel by EY?

6/10

- Although I feel valued, I often feel that some managers would benefit from showing more appreciation in the work you do. However, EY as an organisation only hires high performing individuals so doing a good job is usually just expected. - Being recognised for the work you do only really comes during the year-end appraisal process in the formal feedback you receive. - Within the projects, the work I do is really valued and I feel like a key member of the team as I have my own responsibilities which are vital to the running of the project. Managers have given me micro-management responsibilities in the project which is a real motivation booster.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

7/10

- The programme in general is very good which all inductions, training, professional qualification courses very well organised. You are allocated a counsellor as well as a buddy for more informal questions who is usually the same grade as you. Everyone is very friendly and happy to answer any questions you have in full so that you understand. At no point have I felt unsupported. In terms of the progression in the firm, as part of the programme you are limited to promotions until you reach certain stages of the qualification (a recent change) which can be quite demotivating in some aspects. It would be nice to be able to earn a promotion through working hard in work not just through studying.

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

8/10

I train with First Intuition. They are very good in that the classes are small and the tutors provide you with all of their contact details (including their home numbers!) so that you can contact them whenever with questions. Although most of the tutors are very good, I have also had an experience with an inexperienced tutor who had a bad attitude towards answering questions from students.

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

10/10

Support from all areas is very forthcoming and people are generally very supportive.

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

5/10

I live in London which is a very expensive place to live. I live with one person in a small average priced house where I am comfortable. I can pay all of my costs but money is very tight and I do struggle. However, I do understand that this will only be for a short period (as I am new) and that as I gain experience I will start to earn more.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

6/10

There are many events organised within the company for different sports or hobbies which is great. In addition, there are also plenty of social events that you can get involved in. Externally, London has many activities but as nearly all of them cost money to get involved in you can be very limited as to what you can do if you do not have much disposable income.

9. Would you recommend EY to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

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

- Be honest and be yourself. - Do your research but focus this more on what the assessment day will entail and what EY look for in their people rather than on the financial performance of the company. - Ask questions. - Relax and enjoy the assessment days - do not be quiet!!

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