SmartFutures at EY

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Programme Type:
£4 hourly
Review Date:
April 2015

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


I was a student of the SmartFutures programme with other Yr12 students. The work experience entailed developing skills which would benefit us in the working world. The first week consisted of team building skills so we got to know each other better. We met various employees from both EY and the client partners who informed us of their background and what role they played. This was informative as it showed that working in EY does not require you to have a certain degree meaning the academic background is quite flexible. The second week was the project week where we worked in teams to produce a working solution to a case scenario presented to us. The final week was the actual business experience where we undertook a service line. I was in Tax which was an interesting experience as I learnt about the tax changes that would be made if Scotland went independent as an outcome of the Scottish Referendum.

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


Definitely professional skills! I've learnt how to be more resilient especially when put under pressure. For example when a client asked me a question I would usually hesitate or give a really long answer but I knew how to condense my point and deliver it confidently without looking unprofessional.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I absolutely enjoyed this programme. The other students were friendly and the staff made sure we made the most out of it. I underestimated how great this experience would be!

4. How valued do you feel by EY?


I felt really valued by EY especially towards the end when I was awarded SmartFutures student of the year. I felt that my involvement was recognised and that EY really absorbed what we said and took our ideas into consideration.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The induction and training was well organised. We could ask for support anytime and the tasks were delegated well. We were assigned a buddy however I was not able to meet mine as she worked in a different office but despite this she made the time to call me and check I was okay which was really nice.

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


The EY advisors were great in helping out wherever they could. They had a positive attitude and they were always encouraging.

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


There was a lot of support available in regards to general problems, be it career wise or general mentoring.

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


It is a well paid programme!

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


The alumni events provide various opportunities to meet people allowing you to network.

9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *


9b. Why? *

I feel that this is a valued and worthy work experience which helps you see beyond the stereotypes of business and accounting.

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

I would be honest in the answers you give in interviews as they will like someone who is genuine. I would also take every opportunity given and give the best you can as EY is a fantastic firm and you can gain a lot out of it!

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