Discover EY - Women in Assurance at EY

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Discover EY - Women in Assurance 2020.

Students in first year of their three year degree or second year of their four year degree have the opportunity to interact and hear from inspirational female leaders in assurance at EY.

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The event was really engaging, enjoyable and informative to attend. The staff did an amazing job to facilitate it, as they successfully turned an in-person event, into one that could be conducted via online platform.

The resources they used provide a lot of information to the point that I could barely come up with questions to ask and the people were just lovely.


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

Throughout the whole experience, I felt really valued. It felt like the people were there to help us (students), answer our questions and inspire and motivate us. It didn't just focus on the company as it looked towards personal development as well, which was unexpected but amazing. The people there are lovely.


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

There was a lot of information given as you get to hear from different people at different positions within the same field, and see their perspective on things. They also gave guidance on what will happen now after the programme was over and what we (, the students,) can then expect.


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

This experience broke down the walls of intimidation that was previously associated with one of the big 4 accounting firms. It identified skills and knowledge that I could focus on now to better prepare myself for the working world, which I am extremely grateful for. It helped build character as well.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight day was very structured, as it accounted for breaks throughout the day. When it was delivered, there was virtually no delays and the whole experience ran very smoothly. Most sessions included the opportunity for students to ask questions to the professionals as well. All the sessions they promised were delivered amazingly.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

In all honesty, I cannot provide a complete description of the atmosphere, as the event was held online due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Nevertheless, the delivery through the online platform was relaxed, welcoming and exciting.

The people who we got to hear from were really friendly and encouraging and it felt like they only wanted what was best for the students which is amazing.


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

They invested a decent amount it feels like. Especially since they put in the effort to get the event running whilst other companies may have just given up on the idea of "Spring Weeks". The amount of people that took time out of their day to speak to us was also very nice.


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 helped a lot since they explained what assurance would be like, the types of networks they have at EY and more. They also discussed professional development and also touched on the qualification we could be working towards to become a charted accountant if we were to work there - which really helped.


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

It helped me comprehend the company culture a lot. This was mainly linked to the employees at EY talking about the networks they have in place, the flexibility that EY provides and also talking about socials. They gave some advice about networking as well, like how to maintain and build relations.


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

It was really valuable in helping me decide on my future career path and made me even more ambitious to achieve as much as I can in my early stages of life. Also, it was reassuring hearing the policies they have to ensure minorities won't be blocked from progression throughout the firm.


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

The event took place through a virtual platform, so there were no costs to reimburse. Understandably so, the event wasn't paid as I was there to gain some knowledge and further insight into the firm. (Which I managed to gain, and it was a fab experience.) However, if it was an in-person event, most likely they would reimburse.

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

You received the opportunity to hear from the employees and engage with them, however not as much as I anticipated. But then again, that was linked due to it being delivered on a virtual platform. However, it would have been nice if they encouraged the students to engage with each other more.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

There wasn't a specific segment that was dedicated to networking, such as the Morgan Stanley insight day. It was also preferred for people to message through the chatbox, rather than via call, so it took away some of the "magic" that you would normally get in a typical in-person event. Which is understandable, since the virus.


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

We did get to hear about the events they hold for events such as International Women Day, which the people hold and how they also hold events with clients and more. They also gave some advice on building and maintaining relations, and how you can easily just invite someone for a coffee or something.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Definitely - hopefully they would be able to attend an in-person version of this insight, since most likely, it would be much more enjoyable and engaging. Regardless, it's an amazing learning opportunity where you can build up your LinkedIn connections, take advantage of the information sessions they have and more.