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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.