1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
At EY I worked on in Audit, and for the first two weeks I met with members of staff ranging from students in their first year to partners, to learn what it meant to be a part of the EY network. When we went out to the client's office, my job was to help out checking all the invoices were correct and that all the figures matched up.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
The skill that I have developed most is my ability to present, as I did plenty of case studies which required presentations in the programme. I also developed confidence when meeting new people, as in the business world you meet new people everyday.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the programme. The part I most enjoyed was going to the clients workplace because it was a new experience, and I got to learn what it was like to be an Auditor for a global firm like Ernst and Young
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
At the end of the programme, each student on the programme was called into one of the meeting rooms, and one of the employees gave us feedback about how they felt we performed over the three weeks. They also took us to a "graduation" ceremony where they gave us certificates for completing the course.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
They started the programme with training about how to conduct yourself in the workplace, how to write an email, and how to use the EY intranet. About half way through the programme, we were assigned mentors that would answer any questions that we had.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
My training provider would always check on us every hour or so to make sure that we were doing okay, and if we did, we always felt comfortable enough to ask him/her a question. We also had a buddy that we could ask questions, and we could even speak to these people after we had finished the programme
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There was a visit from Human Resources each day into the office, and they went round asking each of us if we doing okay. There was always a manager in the room with us to keep an eye on us and to answer any questions that we may have. We also got a mentor that we would meet up with every month even after the programme had finished.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
As I am still in college, the only expenses I need to cover are travel and food. The salary of £3.72 an hour, covered both my travel and food costs very easily. It also meant that I could afford to go out with work colleagues if I wanted to.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
At the start of the programme, several employees from different departments: tax, audit, advisory and TAS, to tell us about the different opportunities available. EY has teams that compete in various sports, such as golf, football, netball, and they compete as different teams within the company, and as a company against others.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
It was truly a great experience, everyone at EY was extremely friendly and cared a lot about the programme.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
In the application process, take your time over your answers and make sure you have a good CV. In the interview, be yourself, and make sure you have done your research.
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