What did you do before embarking on an EY apprenticeship programme?
In September 2018, I started my career at EY as a Digital Apprentice studying towards a degree in Digital and Technology Solutions. Before starting my apprenticeship, I was working towards my A-Levels at The Knights Templar Sixth Form. Alongside studying Mathematics, English Literature and History, I enjoyed playing an active role in my school, taking part in a variety of activities such as being a Senior Prefect, participating in sports teams and volunteering in lessons. Whilst I enjoyed school and studying, I was unsure what I wanted to do after I left and began exploring different options available to me.
How did you find the move from education to work?
Personally, I found the move from education to the working environment easier than I expected. As a busy and active person, I have always excelled at balancing a variety of activities and school. This meant I found that moving into a role consisting of working whilst studying was easy to adjust to. Although apprehensive about starting somewhere new, where I knew nobody, everyone on my team was welcoming and friendly so I felt confident straight away. The support available at EY is extensive and I know I have a network of people to turn to when I need help. I thought I was going to miss out on joining clubs and socials, but within the first few weeks I had already joined EY Netball and the Women’s Network, as well as attending team socials! I enjoyed leaving the comfort of the school environment and stretching myself to adjusting quickly to the working world, and I know I made the right choice choosing an apprenticeship.
What is your role at EY?
As a member of PASx, I work on internal projects that aim to automate and simplify manual processes to create cost efficient and more accurate work. With the development part of the team in Belfast, I work with software such as Alteryx and Tableau to build workflows and dashboards that can then be taken back to clients. In doing so, previous data that was too convoluted can easily be explained through interactive dashboards and visualisations. I also work with the product owners in London to find new projects alongside sharing what our team does with the wider business and how we can be utilised to help other teams.
What does your usual working day look like?
When working on the project, I will spend the day using the necessary software to troubleshoot and find a solution to the problem at hand. I enjoy working closely with different members of the team to help deliver a project to the highest of standards. We also have meetings where we discuss our team goals and sprint aims, as well as what work needs to be completed and by whom. Having trained on various software, I am looking forward to continuing to improve my technical ability on future projects.
What do you enjoy most about working for EY?
For me, I enjoy being able to constantly learn and develop my skills as part of a team that is hard working and driven. Working in my team has been a privilege and I have loved being able to work with a range of talents and personalities on various projects. As well as this I have also enjoyed the social aspect of working in a close team, on a daily basis. This was a big shift from the school environment but being part of such an amazing team made me feel confident and excited for the future.
What is your top tip for someone who is considering applying for an apprenticeship with EY?
If you are thinking about applying for an apprenticeship with EY, make sure you put the time in to research not only the company, but the overall course itself. Whilst already a very rewarding and exciting experience for me, this is no easy route and you are expected to work full time alongside part time study. When applying, make sure you express your passion and have a good understanding of your strengths to understand if you would be a good fit for both EY and service line you apply too!