We received a lot of support all throughout the experience. The team were helpful and understanding about technical difficulties and we were able to ask questions on anything we needed to know by simply posting in the chat box at any time. In addition this, we also received a lot of guidance on what the work is like from many employees in different roles, including a chance to speak to someone taking part in the graduate scheme in the region we applied to.
The virtual experience was very well structured. We were given an agenda for each day setting out the times of each session. I found this very helpful as it allowed me to keep track of which call I needed to be on and when, as well as what I had to look forward to for the rest of the day.
The virtual experience definitely helped me to understand more about what the job would look like. I have learnt a lot more about the sub service lines of tax, and the qualifications which must be completed in the graduate scheme. The case study we completed also gave me valuable experience of the sort of task I may have to complete on the job. However, due to the internship being virtual, I feel that I did not get to experience what it would truly be like on the job and all that this would involve.
While the virtual experience taught us about all the work that the company does, it also included segments to inform us on different aspects of the company culture. For example, we heard about the company networks, the EY foundation, and we took part in a mindfulness session etc. These sessions were very interesting as they showed us all the benefits of working at a company like EY that has such a good culture. Many of the people who spoke to us through the week mentioned the culture at EY being the reason they love it there, and everyone at every level within the company was very friendly.
I found the content of the virtual internship very informative. It definitely helped me in deciding my future career path as I found the information very encouraging, and I'm even more keen to start my career with EY now. I believe that even if you were unsure of your future career path the internship would be worthwhile because it helps you to understand what life is like working in a professional services firm, and it would be a good addition to the CV!
I was happy to hear that the internship was paid when I was applying as it showed me that EY really do want to invest in new talent, and I think this investment in their people would be very valuable in a future career. When the internship was changed to being virtual I thought it was amazing that they were still paying us when we are working from home!
There have been a lot of different people on the meetings to speak to us about their roles, and we were able to ask questions at the end of every session which we received detailed answers to. Unfortunately due to the internship being online we weren't able to make personal connections with the employees, but we did get to speak to a mentor and a buddy in smaller groups which was very beneficial.
We found out about many of the activities that employees can get involved in. We had a session on the different networks the firm has such as the women's network or the LGBT network. We also heard about the EY foundation and becoming an EY ambassador. We also heard about the EY badges you can earn in your own time, which allows you to add to your CV and potentially earn an MBA!
I would definitely recommend this virtual experience. I got a lot out of it and it didn't feel like work at all. Of course if there was an opportunity to do the internship in person I would have liked to do that, but I'm very happy with what was offered to us.
17th August 2020