1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
In the three weeks of the Smart Futures programme, two weeks were spent developing interpersonal skills key to the workplace. This included numerous activities which involved group work, where we were given case studies and were required to spot the issues and provide solutions. We were taught the importance of story-boarding and minute-taking among many others. We also visited some EY clients and took part in activities there, such as suggestions in issues for potential scenarios. Presentation was a very important aspect. In the final week, I worked under a Senior Audit Manager, helping him with various tasks and projects, accompanying him to meetings as well as updating spreadsheets of accounts. I was also responsible for taking minutes in pre-team planning meetings.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My confidence improved a lot, both in terms of presentation skills and with adapting to work in a professional environment. I feel that these skills will help me both personally and professionally in the future.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoyed the fact that the staff treated me as a fellow staff and the professionalism of the atmosphere. It was nice to feel the pressure of the actual day-to-day work in the office and interesting to see that it does vary everyday. It was a very well structured programme that was also presented very well, making sure that all who participated enjoyed it.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
EY and its staff have been very supportive of my progress during the programme and I have been able to stay in touch through LinkedIn and they notify alumni of upcoming events if their clients are hosting something.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The first two weeks were very well organised and I thoroughly enjoyed them, since there was a variety of interesting scenarios and case studies to examine among other activities. It would have been even better if there were more tasks available during the business experience in order to feel the actual workload. However, overall, the programme was very well structured.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I have been provided with a mentor, who is helping me with my studies in addition to giving me advice on how to make the best use of my time at EY.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My mentor has been very helpful with lots of tips.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My travel costs were fair and I did not have to travel to and from clients.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Lunch was a time for socialising with the other students. There was a client lunch with one of the partners and two of his clients.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I learnt a lot about professional services firm and the programme was provided very effectively, giving a clear insight into how the firm works.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Make the most of your time there- be actively involved in all tasks and don't be afraid to ask questions! Grow your network.
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