Olivia

Tax Trainee

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Leeds, University of
  • Placement Year (10 Months+)
  • EY

Are you enjoying your placement?

It’s been a really good experience - it’s been hard work but enjoyable. Ernst & Young is a very welcoming environment and I’ve made a lot of friends.

“There was a real structure for us to come into, so from day one I felt part of the team.”

How much responsibility have you been given during your placement

I’ve basically been doing the same job as a graduate. I’ve been given clients to handle and have been to quite a few client meetings and client sites. I’ve worked with some interesting banks – we get to travel on occasions too.

It’s been very challenging – I’ve had to learn how to do tax audits. The first one I did, I didn’t have a clue, but you learn fast at the deep end and are supported along the way by your team and Managers.

How well organised is your placement? Was it easy to get settled in?

It’s a bit of a shock going into a full time job, but they help you ease into it, give you time to adjust and don’t rush you off your feet with work at the start.

There was a real structure for us to come into, so from day one I felt part of the team. During the first week of induction, I got to meet everyone. There were also welcome drinks in my business area to welcome the new interns There’s a strong support network here. If you don’t feel comfortable about something, or don’t feel you’re getting the experience you need, there’s always someone to turn to. There’s lots of help available if you need it. I’ve got a counsellor and a buddy, to answer any questions.

Tax Trainee

What experience and skills have you gained?

My time management skills have improved. Now I know what it’s like to work in a nine-to-five job. My business communication skills are much better too, and I’ve learnt how to work in a team. But overall, it’s shown me working life in the real world.

I think I’ll work harder at university, because I’m used to working full days now! And it’s given me an insight into what I’m learning at university and how it’ll help me at work.

What's the best thing about your placement?

All the new people I’ve met and the different backgrounds they’re from. And it’s really shown me what it’s like to work full time. It’s harder than I expected, but it’s also more interesting and fun than I expected.

What advice would you give to someone planning their placement?

Be yourself and work hard, and you’ll do ok. And make sure you read the website and know which department you’re applying for before starting your interview process.

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