The insight day took the form of virtual sessions using Microsoft Teams, with various speakers covering a range of topics, from Consulting as a Career, to Diversity and Inclusiveness to Career Planning. There were around 30 other students from universities across the country, all studying a range of different courses.
I felt valued during this insight as the employees who held the session were all incredibly down to earth and supportive. I felt that I could ask any questions I had using the online chat function. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming and I would like to return to EY.
The insight followed a given timetable and was well-structured. I took notes from the virtual presentations given and had the opportunity to ask any questions I had to the various speakers. The careers guidance was particularly useful, as was the information about the EY Experience Days (assessment centres for internships/grad roles)
I have a much better understanding of what a career in consulting could involve and will continue my research online. The speakers were all very friendly and I hope to add them on LinkedIn.
It was good to be able to network with the other students on the scheme as well.
The insight was well structured, with a timetable given at the beginning of the day. (09:30 - 16:00 with breaks and lunch in between).
It was good to be able to hear from a wide range of speakers at different stages of their careers.
Obviously, it was a shame that the main event at the London offices couldn't take place.
The general atmosphere was very welcoming and supportive. I was able to chat to the other students on Microsoft Teams and talk about our universities/degrees.
The organizers and speakers were very friendly and I found the session very helpful. We covered a wide range of topics and I am glad I took part.
We had a panel session where we could ask questions to 5 current employees working at EY. They were all at different levels of their careers and based in various offices around the country. I found this especially useful in gaining a more comprehensive overview of what it would be like to work at EY.
We talked about what makes EY different to the other large consulting firms and it was insightful to hear the speakers' feedback first hand, and how their personal experiences shaped their opinions. It didn't feel at all "corporate" and I would definitely be interested in pursuing a further role at the company.
The content was incredibly valuable and helped me realise the variety in Consulting. The presentation covered the different roles available to us as current 1st / 2nd year students at university and I definitely hope to apply for the upcoming programmes.
Hearing about the employees' own career progression paths was very inspiring and interesting as well.
I was not paid or reimbursed for this experience as it was a virtual programme (due to the Coronavirus pandemic) and there were no expenses involved as such. Instead, the sessions took place on Microsoft Teams. However, had the programme been run as planned in the London offices, I know that catering would have been provided.
Although we obviously couldn't meet the other members in person (which admittedly is a shame), we all added each other on LinkedIn. There was a strong sense of unity on the virtual insight programme, despite only having communicated through Microsoft Teams. The EY employees were very friendly and open to networking as well, giving their email addresses and LinkedIn details.
Yes I would recommend the Insight to a friend.
The day was very insightful and I definitely learnt a lot about the company culture. The application process was somewhat long given the experience was just a day (had a extended written question, online tests plus video interview), although the programme does fast track you for further oppurtunities.