I really enjoyed the virtual experience. I was initially disappointed that the 8-week internship had been changed to a week online, although I understood why. However, the information we have received and the number of interactive activities really impressed me and I have definitely been encouraged by the dedication EY has shown and it has given me the desire to join the graduate programme in 2021. Thank you for all of the activities and the amount of work that was put into this week.
I was very impressed that there was a constant opportunity to ask questions during the week and this definitely made me feel very valued even though the student leadership team have never met me as well as them trying to juggle 140 of us on the call. This ability represented the ethos of EY and it demonstrated to me, as well as everyone else I am sure, that Ey truly live out the culture that they promote.
I received a lot of guidance and support. The constant ability to ask questions and the active use of the chatbox meant that I felt included and stopped me from feeling detached from the experience. I also appreciated that we had the buddy session and the sessions with our mentor during the case study groups. This gave us a chance to meet more people from the company and ask direct questions that may not be related to any of the particular sessions.
My degree is Theology so I do not believe that the majority of the sessions will aid my degree. However, I am definitely going to implement some of the tips that we received during the time management talk. I also believe that the presentation skills talk will definitely help with any presentations that I have to carry out during my dissertation or any other module. I am really grateful for these skills. Furthermore, the majority of the workshops and sessions gave me a great insight into the company and this will set me up really well for when I join next September.
I really appreciated the structure of the virtual summer internship. It was jam-packed, however, I liked that non of the individual sessions were too long. This allowed you to remain focussed and engaged. However, I would have appreciated a couple more small group sessions where we have the opportunity to interact with one another. Furtherore, I would have appreciated if these sessions were more spread out so that we didn't have 4 hours of watching presentations in one go.
The general atmosphere was extremely friendly and optimistic. All of the student team were enthusiastic and welcoming. I also appreciated that they were inclusive and chatty. This made you feel welcome and enjoy the sessions more. It also demonstrated how down to earth the employees at EY are. I love the ethos and culture of EY and I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity. Furthermore, I want to say thank you again for committing to the summer interns and not simply cancelling the internships like many other companies. I have really enjoyed this experience.
The company really invested in my personal development and gave many sessions full of tips and tricks in soft skills as well as explaining the many ways in which you are able to learn new skills and develop your professional and personal skill set if you work for EY in the future. This was exciting and I learnt so much in such a short space of time that I can immediately apply to my work life at university.
I loved this experience and it changed my mind from being unsure about wanting a job in assurance and for Ey. However, I am now confident that I would love to work for EY and further, that I would enjoy a job in auditing. The partners at EY are so generous with their time and support. The role sounds diverse and interesting which is what you want from a job and any professional role you begin.
The culture of EY, as I have said in other answers, has shone through the whole of the week and experience. They have demonstrated the people-focused culture that underpins the whole of the company. I saw the culture of self-development and inclusivity. I loved that they were all about recognition and it appears to be a team focussed, a kind culture that is about supporting one another. This is an inspiring culture that has been cultivated.
It has definitely shown that a career in business would be exciting and rewarding. I have also been shown that I have many options that do not necessarily link directly to my degree. This was encouraging and has given me a lot to think about. It has opened my eyes to the number of opportunities within Ernst and Young alone. I love that they have so many sub-service lines as well as the big departments. The student talent team are amazing and so important for recruitment for example.
I am very grateful that we were paid for this week.
There was a lot of networking opportunities, both with Ernst & Young employees as well as with other students that were also on the virtual summer internship. This was exciting and I love meeting new people so I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the week and I think this should be an aspect of the week that is always encouraged and increased. I now have many more connections on Linkedin which is good for next year.
There were no social events but I am grateful for the networking events there are. There was a lot of networking opportunities, both with Ernst & Young employees as well as with other students that were also on the virtual summer internship. This was exciting and I love meeting new people so I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the week and I think this should be an aspect of the week that is always encouraged and increased. I now have many more connections on Linkedin which is good for next year.
We did not hear of any activities that employees did outside of work. However, we did hear of a lot of the social activities they can participate in during work and with work outside of working hours. This demonstrated that there is a great social life within the teams in EY.
I would definitely recommend this virtual experience to a friend because it was extremely informative and I really enjoyed it. I am very grateful to Ernst & Young for all the hard work that they put into this experience. Thank you for all of the sessions and everything you went through with us. I am excited for next September and I look forward to seeing the offices in person. I think an internship in person is always more favourable but this is a great alternative.
14th August 2020