1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Smart Futures Student Week one: To identify our personalties, leading style and weaknesses Apply myself into ice breakers and other team building activities Learn more about EY Week two: To learn key presentation, interpersonal and analytical skills Build a strong social presence for example on LinkedIn Week three: Apply myself into completing tasks set my the areas I was assigned to - tax
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Developed skills in: interpersonal, presentation, analytical, team working and use of Microsoft excel.
Acquired skills in: adapting to new environment, how to conduct professionally and leadership
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really learnt a lot from the first two weeks, getting to know the other people on the programme, going on client lunches and gaining confidence on one of my weakest area - presentation but the last week could improve by having more work being organised and learning more about our individual areas within EY. I understand with my group being in the pilot year not everything will be perfect despite this the programme went well beyond my expectations and has since influenced me greatly, especially the 10 month mentor after whom has aided me in many ways. If I could do it again, I would.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
Yes they provided me many advice throughout the programme and beyond, providing me opportunities as a SF Alumni. I greatly appreciated the praise I had received of my work during the third week despite some technical difficulties.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The structure was perfect with a couple of days I would like to have had swap such as the graduation. Since having finished the work experience I have been informed that they have taken onboard our suggestions including the one I mentioned above
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I received all the support I required from the helpful and friendly staff that are never too far from whenever and wherever you need help, I couldn't ask for more.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
As mentioned in 6a.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
It was more than enough to meet my peak times train travel costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Despite being a work experience programme, the SF was more than that. The first two weeks gave me many opportunities from client lunches and visiting media city to drama classes in Liverpool Tate in body language.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
From the staff, office and opportunities I have mentioned EY and my time there to everyone looking for something to do over the summer because it is so beneficial especially to those who have not taken part in a similar programme to this, SF makes a good start that gives you great insight into jobs, alternatives and the working environment. Application and requirement makes it easy for anyone without previous work experience especially in the current climate where many work experience asks for prior work experience
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Research EY Use work processing software to check for spelling in your application Ask someone to proofread what you wrote in your application For online tests, just practice and have pen, paper and calculator ready whenever For the interview, practice with a friend or a teacher who is a little scary so you build up your nerves (your interviewer will most likely to be very friendly but practicing like this really gives you confidence on how to react to questions). Look for common questions and always give examples on what you did that displayed the skills and person they are looking for. Dress appropriately (research about this) Finally just enjoy the process and even if you don't get in, EY offers great alternatives
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