Discover EY - Women in Assurance at EY

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An insight day into Assurance at EY for 1st year or students in their second year of a four-year course. Online event due to Coronavirus

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

EY Recruitment Team did a really good job in converting the event into a virtual event on Microsoft Teams. Although I really enjoyed the event and found it useful I found that as an online event it was perhaps a little bit too long as it is harder to keep your concentration and enthusiasm up when a person speaks to you through a video rather than face to face.


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

I felt really valued during the insight. Two partners even took time out of their day to talk to us and plenty of other women from across the business contributed to the panel, discussions or activity sessions. I really liked the chat functions as it meant that none of my questions went unanswered.


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

The insight was only one day from 9 - 4 but we were given a lot of information and guidance during that time. I felt that we were also given a lot of support for after the event too as we were promised follow up emails with information from the day's events and information about fast track to a summer internship or industrial placement next year.


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

There were multiple sessions in which skills to help in our studies and beyond were discussed. We discussed diversity, inclusion, imposter syndrome, networking and other skills which will help us further in future summer internships and other future experiences. I believe that as I am in my second year of a 4 year course all the skill sessions which I completed today will set me up for success in future years.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

Very well structured. We were given a timetable of events and it was stuck to pretty well. I would suggest it would be an improvement if they gave us the schedule for the day before the day itself so that we know what to expect but apart from that and a few technical issues, it was structured seamlessly.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The atmosphere wasn't the greatest as we just sat and listened to questions and submitted questions via an online chat however, this is not the Recruitment Team at EY's fault as it was unavoidable with the Coronavirus situation. I believe a face to face would be much more interactive and would give a chance to talk to other participants!


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

The skill sessions gave the participants of the online event a lot of opportunities to think about personal development, both during the day and things to take home and think about in our own time such as the Elevator Pitch. I believe EY student recruitment really care about our personal development.


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?

The experience gave me a lot of insight into the company, as much as you can without actually seeing the office in person doing the job. We were given a lot of information about the support available including the buddy and councillor systems. I am much more likely to want to work at EY in the future after this insight.


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

I gained a lot of insight into the supportive culture including the buddy system where a grad a year above you mentors you. The councillor system was also discussed as a further support system which is available at the company. We heard a presentation on diversity and inclusion and also the women's network as the event was Discover EY - Women in Assurance.


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

the content was very helpful as it gave me an insight into how your career can progress within the company from associate to senior to partner. it was really informative. It was really clear what the next steps after the discover programme are as well with the opportunity to fast track onto a summer internship or industrial placement.


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

Online event so no expenses to be claimed

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

As a group on the teams meeting we were given the opportunity to hear from a multitude of different people from the company in a wide range of positions. Apart from the panel of 5 women we also heard from many other people and heard a bit of their personal career paths. There wasn't an opportunity to network with employees one on one as it was an online teams meeting but we were encouraged to connect with them on linkedIn.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

There weren't many social opportunities. Having more opportunities for participants to chat among themselves, perhaps over lunch would be good.


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

Yes, there is netball and many employee network groups.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes, I would recommend it, it was very insightful and incredibly helpful for future opportunities.