I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Despite it being virtual, all sessions were really engaging and interactive. The Q&A sessions in particular were very insightful and informative. Also, the case study task allowed me to meet fellow interns (virtually) which really enhanced the experience as I could share my thoughts with others instead of being confined to presentations all day. Overall, the experience exceeded my expectations and I would definitely recommend to other students, even if you don't have an initial interest in financial services.
From the start of the experience I felt incredibly valued. Throughout the day, the team regularly ask for feedback which meant that I felt very included in the overall delivery of the internship. Moreover, being able to video call with our mentors meant that they could listen and provide feedback to our ideas or perhaps answer any technical questions that I had. Having this function meant that my experience felt valued and important to EY.
The guidance and support received was immense. Laura and Sana were very supportive from the get go. The main service line call was running all day so if I came across any connection issues these could be sorted immediately. Moreover, the team were very responsive to emails to ensure that I didn't miss out if I was having a technological problem. Moreover, the mentors provided generous support throughout the preparation for the presentation and I never felt in the dark about what was going on.
All the information I received will be hugely beneficial to my degree. The presentation session was invaluable as I can apply the skills i learnt to any situation whether at university or in a job. Moreover, i learnt so much about EY's culture and values which meant that i now have a thorough understanding of what life as a graduate at EY entails. The information presented will undoubtedly be important when applying for graduate jobs.
Very well structured in regards to the smooth running of the day. Some of the group links were a bit temperamental which meant that sometimes there were glitches in the day, however this is to be expected. We were provided with the agenda every evening before the next day which meant that i could plan and have a think about what i would be doing the next day. This meant i was very relaxed going into the internship each day.
A great atmosphere. Very interactive despite being virtual. The chat function meant that we could ask speakers questions whenever. All speakers were very welcoming and friendly and offered to connect on LinkedIn. The days were quite relaxed which was nice as it meant that i had a very positive experience. In general, the atmosphere was exciting as each session had a particular focus which meant that i didn't lose focus throughout the day which i think can be difficult to achieve virtually.
I would say that the company greatly invested in me. The live Q&A sessions were great as they actually answered almost everyone's questions which maintained my interest and interaction since i knew that i would get an answer. Also, EY put lots of planning into the case study which really gave me a good insight into the role of an auditor. Since we presented our presentations to Partners i feel that EY really invested in me.
Obviously as it was a virtual experience i never got to experience the office atmosphere. However, the Q&A sessions from graduates across the country were very open and honest about their experiences which helped me to understand what it would be like to be a graduate at EY. Moreover, the Channel Islands internship had farewell drinks at the end of the week which was great as i got to meet staff in person and so i got a real feel of the office atmosphere in such a short period of time.
The D&I session and the EY foundation session both gave me a huge insight into the company culture. From these sessions, i learnt that EY heavily invests in its people since it is a company which provides services to help people. Having heard from the recruitment team throughout the week, it became clear that EY look for graduates from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures which is reassuring to know that a strong sense of equality is evident at EY.
The content was incredibly useful. Before the internship i didn't really know what the audit service line was. However, having done the case study presentation, the research required to complete the task really opened my eyes to the role of an auditor and also to the immense number of opportunities there are in the future once you become fully qualified. All the speakers emphasised how EY gives you so much freedom once you have qualified which was nice to learn as it means my future is not decided as soon as i graduate University.
Payment was very generous i thought. Even though i would have still participated if it wasn't paid, knowing that you were being rewarded for your time and effort was a great incentive. It also meant i didn't have to worry about taking a week off normal summer work. I think the fact that i was paid shows that EY is keen to make a great impression on students and from my experience i can say they certainly have!
Obviously being online meant that i couldnt speak to any of the speakers but i could send messages in over the chat box which was useful. Nevertheless, the speakers were all keen to connect on LinkedIn and also offered their emails should we have any other questions after the week. I was fortunate enough to be participating in the Jersey office and so at the end of the week we did have the opportunity to meet the office in person which gave the week a nice personal touch.
They were good for me as i was at the Jersey office and due to COVID restrictions being more relaxed here it meant that i could meet the office in person. Meeting the office in person really changed my outlook at working at EY. The office were all so friendly and exciting and so easy to get along with. I felt very comfortable networking with them and overall i think the opportunity was very worthwhile and i am grateful for the opportunity.
Yes, i learnt about lots of different activities ranging from sports and social clubs. I also discovered that at the particular office i applied to, they go on quarterly meals. EY also puts teams into charity events too. I guess it would have been nice to have learnt a bit more about what specific sports activities are on offer through EY. Maybe if i had been in the office i would have been exposed more to people's lives outside of work.
I would definitely recommend this experience. Firstly, it was a fantastic insight into EY as a firm which you just can't experience from just reading from their website or fellow student reviews. It was also very beneficial in steering my career path. I think if i hadn't had done it i would still very unsure about what i want to do after my degree but this experience really helped to answer questions i had regarding the career. It was also a great way to meet like-minded people.
14th August 2020