Discover EY, women in consulting insight day.
I thoroughly enjoyed the insight day- though it was virtual i did not feel i missed out too much (except in terms of face to face interaction) and felt satisfied. I liked how it was broken up into different sections so to give variety. Though to sit for roughly 7 hours straight was a tad tiring.
I felt that the interaction between those speaking (the employers) and the participants was fairly good. It is always a challenge with so many people, without the ability to talk fact to face, but I felt this was a good substitute. Some questions asked were left unanswered, though this was mostly due to the magnitude of questions.
The instructions on how to set up the virtual meeting were very clear, and the 'hosts' of the meeting did a great job of guiding and supporting us throughout, as well as organising the other speakers and acting to some extent as a moderator. I felt that I was able to ask questions if needed and would be helped.
The insights gained through the leading women speaking about their personal experiences and journey to EY were invaluable. As well as this, the sections on confidence building, diversity and inclusion, and how to present yourself were unique but useful to know. The guidance and next steps and help with future assessment centres was also invaluable.
This insight was very well adjusted from a usual face to face event to a virtual one. Everything ran smoothly, there was a clear agenda and structure to the day, and the different sections transitioned well from one another. The interactive chat also allowed us to ask any questions or speak to each other, without the chaos of all have mics and cameras turned on.
The general atmosphere was relatively relaxed, whilst still maintaining professionalism. The environment was friendly, both between the participants and the speakers, and it was easy to ask questions.
In terms of personal training and development, the company offered key advice on confidence building, how to network and present oneself in a work environment. These were very useful and said a lot about the people culture of EY. The company also gave the opportunity of a fast track onto their summer internship, as well as offering invaluable advice on how to prepare for assessment centre.
The insight day was very helpful in helping understanding what goes into a typical working day. The testimonies from several employees in the firm, describing their job role, how they work in their teams, how they got into EY and what skills and attributes allow you to excel and advance in the company were great.
The day gave a great insight into understand the company's culture. The sections on diversity and inclusivity, women's network and confidence building all speak to EY's reputation of looking at the person rather than just their credentials. It was evident that EY really support their employees and encourage them to thrive, as was reiterated several times in each speakers stories.
The content gave an excellent insight into the inner workings of EY, and what is required of those working in consultancy. The emphasis on teamwork, personal development, adapting to a variety of situations and exploring different projects and industries makes a career in consulting very appealing as a future career path.
There were no expenses that need to be paid or reimbursed, as the event was held virtually as opposed to face to face.
There were opportunities, though limited by not being able to network face to face. Given the circumstances however, the best was made of the situation. The chat forum allowed us to communicate to one another and also ask questions to the speakers, and we were also encouraged to connect with each other and the employees over linkedin.
Given the circumstances, the networking and social opportunities were adequate. It possible may have been nice to have to option to turn on our mics and face cameras, to give more of a feel of being face to face, however I understand why this was not encouraged, as the large number of people would have resulted in too much noise and difficulty to concentrate.
Yes, we found out about initiatives such as the Women's Network that employees could get involved in, and running and promoting events such as for International Womens day, International mens day etc. It was also clear the the employees themselves were colleagues and friends, and interacted with each other outside of the work place.
I absolutely would recommend this insight to a friend. Though the application process is difficult and competitive, it is worth it given how much you gain. The insight and information given about the company was very useful. Significantly, due to the application process being long, it fast tracks you to the final stage to get onto a summer internship, which is invaluable and gives you a significant advantage compared to other applicants who did not do the insight day. As well as this, it looks great on your CV!