• 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
  • I work in a product team as a software developer - working on building new features on a tax platform used by tax professionals. I take part in regular scrum ceremonies as well as take ownership of tickets during agile development.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I have learned how to be a full stack developer - working across the entire tech stack used within the team, as well as how to operate within a scrum team.


  • 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
  • I really have enjoyed the programme so far as it has enabled me to work and learn simultaneously. There is nothing better than practical, hands-on experience when developing a new skill. The team I work with are also incredibly supportive and understanding while I work through the programme!


  • 4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
  • It is very organised and structured, with set out study leave and regular meetings with my placement coach and line manager. It also isn't super overwhelming and intense, very well managed from both parties!


  • 5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
  • My employers have been so supportive from before I even joined the programme and have given me a lot of hands-on help throughout my time on the course! I have learned a lot from so many different individuals and grown into the developer I am today.


  • 6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
  • Makers have been amazing at providing resources and support whenever necessary - my placement coach is always happy to lend a helping hand when working on submitting summative projects, as well as helping keep me accountable when discussing my development goals. This was evident from the moment I joined the bootcamp!


  • 7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
  • The qualification has really taught me the fundamentals of being a developer as well as working in a scrum team - something which I had limited knowledge about prior to the course. It breaks down the role a developer plays in the operation of the team, which spans across a lot more than I initially thought!


  • 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.)
  • I am a member of the social committee for the team and we organise anything from 'Fun Friday' virtual games, to socials after work - and even our sub service line's Christmas party! This has been an incredible opportunity to get to know the team, as well as the other sub service line teams! There are also many chances to attend networking events based on any communities you join - for example the women's network regularly host events that can be attended globally.


  • 9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 9b. Why?
  • EY truly care about people - and their development. That is something I have really felt since joining the firm. I also believe that EY has amazing systems in place to provide the support you need no matter your level. I've enjoyed every minute of working at EY and cannot wait for how my career will progress in the future!

  • 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY?
  • EY want individuals who are genuinely interested in the discipline that they are wanting to pursue, as well as a willingness to grow and develop while in the role. There is also a great importance in your ability to work with people - even though developers have a reputation for working independently, there is a lot of interaction across different team members. Therefore, it's super important to show that you hold the qualities to be a great team player!


Higher Level Apprenticeship



March 2022

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