1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Trainee Tax Advisor: Involves assisting the team with clients and their tax affairs, includes dealing with HMRC enquiries, helping with our Family Office tax presentation and networking events, billing clients, researching technical points for back up to advice to clients, general correspondence with clients and with HMRC regarding various issues, including tax payments and enquiries. I am still in my first year, and now I'm getting involved in some bigger projects such as some remittance tracing, with involves spread sheet work and analysis of funds and transactions in a bank account to work out what clients can bring to the UK and at what rate it will be taxed. This can be a complex exercise, but my team support me continuously.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I'm studying towards the ACA qualification, I've done 2/15 exams so far, I attend lots of internal team training and also Corporate Tax training with other school leavers. Personal skills I've learnt more about the processes involved in the work I do, and also the manner it's carried out in - e.g. even basic things like how we structure correspondence to clients/HMRC.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I really enjoy the programme, my team are really nice and supportive in my work, by giving me work that can push me and stretch my abilities and knowledge, but they are always happy to sit down with me and take the time to teach me different areas, and explain them to me.
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
I real valued within my team, people go out of their way to thanks me for helping them, and also leave me positive feedback using our formal feedback tools. I have also been given some rewards for my good attitude within the team and representing EY's values - for which I chose store vouchers.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel the programme is well organised, with such a large intake of other new joiners - Graduates and School Leavers we all started together, and go away on induction weeks and training together, and have a buddy and counsellor within EY and my team to support me. The team hierarchy is clear, and it's always easy to find the appropriate person to turn to for assistance.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
When I'm at college, at Kaplan, they provide support for the learning, with lots of support materials to help me through my exams. I have only been to college for two weeks to date as I have only sate two exams, with my next lot in the summer, so I enjoy college when I do go, but also enjoy having lots of time in the office in between.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have a buddy and a counsellor within EY and my team who I can always turn to for support, and everyone genuinely cares about how everyone's coping, and making sure no one is overloaded with work or alternatively not got enough.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Yes compared to other offers I received it was considerably bigger, especially compared to smaller firms. I am able to pay for rent at home, train fare, social costs including holidays, and put some aside in order to move out from my parents house - so much more than I would have ever expected being only 18!
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, there are hundreds of networks you can join, and with the EY foundation being a close link to the firm, there's lots of fundraising activities you can sponsor/get involved with - such as they're bike ride to Inverness from London! They also allow 2 days volunteering opportunities that you can take off work to help out with charities. I am yet to do this but it is something I'm keen to look further into.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Overall, the application process, induction and actually working here have been smooth and well organised, I enjoy the people I work with and what I do - and look forward to continually learning and building my technical knowledge.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
For the 1st competency interview make sure you have a variety of different experiences you can relate to (e.g. part time job, college, any travelling you've done, work experience else where) in order to demonstrate your skills, e.g. leadership, time management, how you learn, people skills etc. and remember relax and be friendly with them, especially if you are attending a Partner interview make sure your friendly but also someone they could come away from feeling confident they could trust your judgement and skills when working with, but also that they'd enjoy having you on their team!
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