1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a trainee associate at the London office. Every day is different at EY and I am faced with new tasks each week, even after almost 2 years on the job. I spent most of my time out at client sites which are sometimes based in London, and sometimes further afield. On a typical day I will be working in a team of around 10 people from EY.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
EY has given me so many opportunities to learn and develop my professional skills. It's not always easy, but the challenges are what help you learn and improve. There is a lot of client interaction involved with the job, as well as working in teams and meeting deadlines.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
4. How valued do you feel by EY?
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I am studying for my ACA whilst working. I spent the majority of the year at work, and then attend college for a few weeks in the summer to study for exams to fit around my work schedule. When I have struggled with exams in the past I have always had the support that I need from tutors to get through.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
One of the great things about EY is the wide range of opportunities available outside of the standard working day. A few examples are: charity days, fundraising, sporting events, trips to the Sahara, involvement in recruitment and networking events, etc. There are always new opportunities to get involved with.
9a. Would you recommend EY to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
EY is a great place to start your career as a school leaver. You will learn so much more than in a classroom, and still gain your ACA qualification. EY won't be for everyone, and it is hard work, but also very rewarding and a prestigious brand to have on your CV. I definitely feel like I have had a head-start through choosing EY over going to university.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to EY? *
Do your research, understand the role you are applying to, and tailor your application to that role and company. 5 years is a big commitment, so make sure you are making the right decision. Find out about and go to the insight days and networking events and use your contacts. There is lots of support online via the EY website and external which is really useful for the application process, make the most of it!
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