1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Assistant Tax Adviser- preparing tax returns and offering tax support to employees of global businesses when the employees are sent on international assignments and have multiple global tax reporting obligations.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
General commerical awareness, the ability to write in a professional manner, wider business skills, structured, clear and concise writing.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the culture of the firm. There is great career development support, an exciting opportunity to work on important pieces of work for some globally recognisable companies. There is a great team spirit within the firm.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
Everyone respects each other and everyone is seen as a valuable member of the team. The more senior members of the team always encourage us to get involved in work that we would not normally have exposure to.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The time in the office in comparison to the time spent at college is rich, and there is a focus on learning on the job. It is structured such that I truly feel that I am an employee on the same level as my graduate peers.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I have had a small amount of time at college, and, though this is very intense, the tutors go above and beyond to ensure that we are taught all we need to know to feel comfortable in our exams and so that we can succeed.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
The employer is very flexible for any sort of working arrangement. They truly do put the employees first, and in turn, the employees work to support the company and the other employees in the team. As such there is a great level of career development support as well as technical training.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I am on a competitive salary at the age of only 18 and this more than sufficiently covers my travel costs. I have enough spare such that if I wanted to move out of home, it would be affordable for me to rent.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are many social and sporting events run by EY. There is plenty of opportunity to both take part and even organise. I also have out of work commitments that I am able to keep to due to the flexibility of the firm.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It is a great firm to work for. It is consistently the best rated employer as the firm recognises that it is it's people. Therefore, it's people are valued above all else. This is seen on a day to day basis both in the working atmosphere and the support offered. I can come to work and be laughing anbd joking with my team all day, and we can do our work to a level of quality higher than our competitors.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Be yourself. Don't try to be somebody else. Often in applications or interviews, we try to paint ourselves as the person the company would like, but EY truly would like you. There is a great emphasis on diversity both in demographics and in personality as each person adds their own spark to the team. Be yourself and be proud of yourself.
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