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The insight was a great way to network with people in the industry as well as those on the programme. It was also a valuable opportunity to learn about the firm and the main departments within it in order to see where my skills are best suited. Overall it was extremely enjoyable and I feel like it's benefited me in many ways.
Everyone from the firm that I met were so helpful and willing to talk about their experiences as well as answering any questions that I had. We went out for dinner with current employees and it was nice to feel really included in the social life and be able to chat to various people in a casual setting.
The first activity we did was listing all the points that we wished to cover during the course of the programme and I felt as though these were really listened to. Those running the insight made an effort to ensure we learnt everything we wanted to and also that we were comfortable whilst the insight was going on.
As someone who doesn't study a finance degree but wants to move into that field, the insight was extremely important. I had little knowledge on the topics covered but was able to learn so much about the industry and whether I'm suited to working in it. Working in a team on a case study has made me a lot more confident when being in similar scenarios, as has taking part in the presentation.
The whole insight was extremely clear as to what we were doing and when. Having the itinerary sent out a few weeks before ensured that I was comfortable attending each day knowing what we would be covering. It also meant that it was easier to come up with questions that were relevant.
Overall the atmosphere was positive, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and really be immersed in the EY culture. I attended the insight to learn about working for the firm and coming away from it I'm confident that it's a fun environment with extremely friendly employees who really value their teams.
On the final day we carried out group work which consisted of a case study, meetings and a presentation. Each team had an employee of EY who watched how we worked on the project and with each other and at the end we all received individual feedback which was extremely useful. I also feel like we met such a range of employees, from partners to those on the graduate scheme, and we could see the opportunities for progressing in the firm.
From listening to presentations about the general work that is done throughout the day I discovered the day to day office life and from talking to employees I found out about the social side of EY. I think that both of these play a vital role in discovering what a full time job at the firm would entail.
I was really unsure going into this what the Assurance and Tax divisions actually consist of as I'd heard little information about them. Not only did I find out about the general work but I also learnt about the sections within those such as in tax direct and indirect. I feel as though I wouldn't of got this level of information anywhere else and I now have a clear idea of where I would like to be in 3 years time.
The office the insight was held at was in London which door to door would take me over 4 hours to get to. The company fully reimbursed me for my travel expenses and provided me with a hotel to stay at whilst in London. I also received all of my meals.
Throughout the insight I met so many useful people from the firm, from partners to those on the graduate programme. We had presentations from a variety of employees as well as a networking lunch which the graduates attended and in the evening a large number of employees all attended dinner with us.
I felt that the dinner we attending was such a nice laid back atmosphere to chat to the employees and find out more about their careers. Getting the chance to meet more senior employees was also extremely valuable as it was interesting to hear about their background and how they got to where they are.
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Central London and City
16th April 2016