EY spring week at EY

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
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Role Description

An insight day at EY in London for the Women insight day.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I really enjoyed the insight day. I got to meet loads of new people who all shared an interest in accountancy. We were well looked after by the staff and they were all very friendly and insightful. It was hosted in the Hilton hotel which was nice. I found out a lot more about all the different service lines and it has really helped me decide on my future career.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

I felt very valued during my time wth the firm. There was a good staff to student ratio. We were sat on tables of 8, each with a member of staff from EY for that table. We met HR and got to ask questions to staff in panel events. We also went through speed networking where all the staff were insightful about their roles and open to lots of questions.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

I received lots of guidance. The staff all gave guidance about their specific service lines as well as guidance regarding the firm's culture. In terms of the next steps to a summer internship, more guidance was given on how to succeed at assessment centres and partner level interviews, helping us and providing guidance for future success.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

They really helped us develop soft skills at the insight day. Each morning half an hour was spent networking in the foyer over coffee/tea and cake/pastries with peers. This gave us a chance to meet new people and make new friends. We developed teamwork skills when working on our tables to do case study work. We also developed presenting skills as on the second day of the spring insight we gave a group presentation.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight day was very well structured. Timing was kept very well and each task had a clear purpose and focus. Timings kept by HR were done well with us starting and finishing at the exact times stated. Prior to the event an intinery was sent out to allow us to understand the structure of the day.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

I felt like the insight day felt very friendly and had a good atmosphere. Everyone attending the event was friendly and easy to talk to. There was such a variety of people from different universities and subjects. The staff were very friendly and happy to answer questions. I really felt that EY have a friendly work place and that was clear from the staff.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Before the insight day I knew the staff invested in their employees but it became evident that they really truely do on the insight day. They pay for 3 years of ACA exams for you to complete and after that continual training and development is provided, whether that be through courses or work trips to develop soft skils.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

It really helped me decide. I was unsure between other big 4 companies but I felt like EY really stuck to their values. It also helped me decide between the various service lines and have a more clear idea about what area I would like to work in within accountancy.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

It really helped me understand their culture. They are about building a better world and really believe in teamwork and enjoying work. They value their staff and this was evident from the day and everything that employees said fit with this. We were given presentations to explain their culture, but it was felt from talking to employees itself.


10. How valuable was the content of the day in helping you to decide on your future career path?

The content was very helpful in deciding my future career. I know now the difference between the different service lines. It is clear the breakdown and differences between the divisions. It helped me understand what EY is about and the different routes to progress within the different areas within work.


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

They paid for us to stay in the Hilton. The room was very impressive. I had a king size bed and a bath and a view of the shard. Travel expenses were paid up to £150. If you travelled far you could also stay at the Hilton the night before. Food and drink were provided everyday.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

There were plenty of options to network with employees. We were provided an opportunity to speed network with employees. We went to their offices and got to switch tables with employees - there were 11 tables in total. We got to network with employees at the event as well and ask questions.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Yes there were plenty of networking opportunities. I met with staff, networked with friends. Staff were happy to answer questions in the lunch breaks and short breaks. Everyone was very insightful. We were given chances to network with other students and taken to a social to go bowling. Food and drink was provided.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Yes employees get involved in lots of opportunities. Travelling with work or going on different programmes. There are opportunities to get involved in sports and activities as well as networks such as the women's network for diversity and inclusiveness. We had a talk from one of the women specifically on this.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes definitely it was a chub experience to go to London and experience in person what accounting is like. It was nice to meet new people and get a chance to socialise with them at the socials. We were very well looked after and staff really ensured we were happy. It helped me decide on my future career.