Discover EY - Women in Tax 2020 Participant at EY

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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

It was interesting to hear from EY employees themselves and engage with them by asking questions virtually. This made the insight very enjoyable from my point of view and allowed me to learn a lot about the world of tax from a range of inspiring people and what employees do on a day-to-day basis at EY. Although, it couldn't be in the London office due to exceptional circumstances, I still gained a lot from the insight.


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

I felt that I was very valued and I got the impression that everyone from various levels within tax at EY cares a lot about students eager to join EY in the future, and that they are passionate about helping students to learn more by providing insightful answers to questions that I had.


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

I received a lot of support as to what I can expect from an internship or graduate scheme at EY from inspirational female members of staff providing detailed information about their job roles. This helped me to determine what I would like to work in going forwards and has prompted my interest in the summer internship


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

I learnt a lot about building self-confidence and also sponsorship, which was a concept that I had not previously heard about, which will help me in the future when applying for roles of leadership at University, within societies for example, and also when doing my assignments at university, and how to identify the skills that I am good at and which skills might need further development.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight was very well-structured. Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the insight programme was moved from the London office to a virtual environment. This did not have a negative effect on the day as I was still able to gain a lot from the various employees at EY, and I feel as though the organisers adapted very well to ensure that I gained as much as I possibly could from the day.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Although I wasn't in the London office, I found the virtual atmosphere to be very welcoming and this was aided by the organisers putting a lot of effort into adapting the content so that we could still benefit from this insight programme. As a result, I would be more interested in working at EY in the future as everyone there seems to be really friendly.


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

I think that the fact that EY adapted so quickly to the Covid-19 outbreak shows how committed they are in recruiting new students and providing more information on how the wider tax world works, as well as how tax at EY can benefit society. This demonstrates how committed they are to investing in students and their development from university to a graduate scheme.


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?

I feel like I gained a good insight into what it would be like to have a full-time role at EY, as I had the opportunity to listen to employees from all around the UK talk about their experiences within EY as well as ask them questions that I was interested in finding the answer out to.


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

The insight was very helpful in showing me the kind of employees that work at EY as well as the company culture. It shows that EY are resilient in the way that a lot of work can be done from home, and that it doesn't take too much time to come up with solutions.


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

Very valuable! EY stands out to me because the work being done sounds really interesting and applicable to my university degree which has caused me to believe that I can fit in at EY when I graduate in the future. Prior to the programme, I wasn't too sure on what to expect, but now that I have completed the programme, some of the work seems to be very diverse, and this was a positive surprise.


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

The event was virtual which was different from what was previously planned due to the unprecedented Covid-19 outbreak. As a result, we all attended the event from our homes and participated in a video call, so we did not incur any expenses to be potentially reimbursed for. It was an insight programme so it was unpaid.

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

We had the opportunity to engage with many inspiring female employees from across the tax line and across the UK, making it easy for all participants to have someone to relate to. This made it easy to ask questions to all of those who spoke, and gain their details to be contacted in the future.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

We did not have any social event opportunities as this programme only lasted one day. However, we did have the chance to network with employees by asking them questions, and contact details were provided so that we can contact any employees in the future with any questions that arise in the future.


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

As a Discover EY - Women in Tax day, we found out about the different initiatives and groups that we can get involved in when working at EY, and we learnt about the International Women's Day celebrations that EY took part in earlier this year. This was useful in figuring out the kind of welcoming culture that EY maintains.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I absolutely would recommend this insight to a friend. It helped me to figure out how I wanted to progess my career after university and a get a sense of fulfilment out my job. Any females can really benefit from taking part in this programme regardless of what degree programme they chose.