1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Week 1: introduction to both the business world and the company itself. Overview of business writing and case study exercises to stimulate the mind and give an insight into the day to day role of an accountant Week2: centered around a really big case study task. The purpose of the task was to find ways of making the business more efficient with the background information we were given in the briefing. This made working with others and collaborating ID is compulsory.we also had to balance this task with outings and visits to different client sites. At this client sites we would look at different businesses that we could help improve through our suggestions it was also useful in allowing us to gain an insight into the clients business.
Week3: involved full integration into the business meant we worked with actual employees of the firm to conduct many client facing activities. One of the roles included writing up a present patient slideshow on Potential weaknesses or threats to a specific business in question. This week predominantly occurred at the client site away from EYs office
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt to be more confident when delivering the presentation. The constant delivery of presentation help me to adapt my style and look at ways of refining and making my communication style more effective. Are you so developed my IT skills and how to arrange an information booklet or presentation slide to help the reader make the most of the information provided. You said developed my team working skills where I had to work with many individuals both years of the same age as well as those higher up the firm. The opportunity to meet partners and senior managers allowed me to develop those team working skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed the program very much so it was incredibly useful with good degree of fun. By having Pias the same ages me allowed this to be a positive experience.The variety and dynamicity of the program meant that there was never a dull moment.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I feel very valued. I was given a mental in which I could meet up with in the range chats with. This was useful in the creating of my CV and university application and has aged me in making an informed decision about my post 18 path. The regular alumni events have allowed me to broaden my horizons and meet new people even though I'm not necessarily working for the firm
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The first two weeks of the programme are well structured and organised. From the offset we know where we will be in this in the two weeks. The third week, where we were situated in the business department at the client site, was more subjective in terms of structure. We took the role of an employee of the firm and therefore manage our time as we pleased; this week wasn't very rigid interms of structure and therefore allowed us to tailor the experience we wanted to our specific demands.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I do not receive any trading from them.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Loads of support is available yet like any job in the business world it is for those who actively seek out such support. Though the firm doesn't lot to make sure we know that support is available. For example given a mentor also members who took the lead in the programme of readily available by email.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I wasn't expecting a wage at all. I gained enough benefits through the content of the program such that any financial benefit was an added extra.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
In the limited time we had on the programme there weren't many opportunities outside of work however there are many alumni events that are organised.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It's a great way to get an insight into the business world develop key skills that make you more employable and allow you to look at different opportunities within a very big successful firm.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Try to bring out your people skills and are you thrive in an environment that is friendly and cohesive. Being nice is not a problem at this firm
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