An insight programme for 1st years.
The insight was very enjoyable as I was exposed to all areas of the business and could talk to a range of employees in each sector. The opportunity to present to a large amount of people was also a very unique experience that only being on the programme allowed me to do.
I felt very valued as everyone I talked to was really willing to answer my questions. The fact all expenses were paid for made me feel even more included. Competitions were also run throughout the whole part of the programme making it feel like your hard work was being rewarded.
Help was always available to either ask questions in a big group or talk to the speaker at a later time. Guidance for how to succeed in assessment centres as well as actually being successful within EY was provided. Throughout the whole programme we also had an employee constantly on our table to answer any of our questions.
There was a large presentation at the end which allowed me to present to more people than I have ever presented to before. This was a great opportunity and has helped me to improve my communication skills. Networking skills were also being constantly developed due to the amount of people we met.
Overall I knew what I would be doing and when. There was a very well structured timetable that we were given way in advance that helped with this. Sometimes room sizes however seemed a little underestimated which made it seem a little less organised and the event hard to be a apart of at times.
Everyone was very approachable and friendly. I enjoyed coming to the insight programme every day and looked forward to what I could learn. From the amount of networking we had it meant that no question seemed too small or irrelevant meaning that lots could be learnt from the programme every single day.
The company invested in us all a lot as providing us with multiple opportunities to network, communicate and ask questions to a range of people. We could spend a lot of time with anybody on the programme as they were all willing to answer out questions. Finally unique presenting experiences helped my personal development.
I was able to understand what each role within the business is like on a day to day basis but due all of the presentation and hands on presentations that we were able to be a part of. Due to the short period of time on the programme however it made getting a full understanding was hard due to lacking first hand experience.
The companies values were a key thing throughout the whole part of the application process so it was great to be able to see how these actually apply to the firm in a day to day way. The business is very much people focused making you feel valued within the firm.
The mix of opportunities ranging from networking to presenting and first hand tasks meant that the content was very varied and helped me to be able to understand about the different career paths available, and so then helped me to be able to decide on a future career path as well.
All expenses were paid for in advance meaning there was little stress on my behalf. The quality of everything that was provided was very high and made the whole experience very very enjoyable. With everything being paid for it means the event is accessible to everyone from any background or society.
We had speed networking, employees on our tables, an organised social and many many more opportunities to network. This meant that I was able to walk away with a number of new contacts. I found the networking lunches to be very useful as it was very relaxed but also the social was good in helping me to network with my peers also.
Socials were booked for in the evenings, networking lunches were provided and an employee was available on any table to ask questions to. This meant that networking was a key thing on the event but also has meant I've walked away with a number of business cards that's I'll be able to use to network with in the future.
There were a number of employee networks that we were made aware of that ranged from entrepreneurs, diversity, volunteering and many others. This made EY seem a lot more approachable and an enjoyable place to work. I found this exposure we had to be very useful and attracted me to EY more than other firms.
I would definitely recommend this insight to a friend as there are a lot of opportunities both whilst being on the programme and after the programme. Examples of these include networking events, socials and other great opportunities. After the programme the chance to he fast tracked onto another programme is a great opportunity.