Developing your career
Make your next career move with EY and you take a major step towards achieving your potential. The EY career development framework is called EYU – EY and you – and it will provide you with the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to take your career forward.
And crucially there are opportunities to progress your career in the direction that most interests you. You are not defined by the area of the business you work in, nor will you only work on one kind of assignment. Instead, you'll be given plenty of opportunity to get varied experience and explore different facets of our business.
Your development is at the heart of our culture. It contributes to an engaging and inclusive workplace for all, provides opportunities to reward and recognise you, and helps deliver a differentiated service to our clients. In short, it is the foundation for continued success – yours and ours.
Our commitment to helping our people realise their potential begins with investing in innovative programs led by internationally renowned business psychologists, executive coaches and corporate facilitators who specialise in building high performing organisations. Here's a brief summary of some of our programs:
A two-year partner pipeline program, Global NextGen is designed to accelerate the development of our people's leadership and go-to-market capabilities and to prepare them to excel and thrive in demanding multi-faceted leadership roles across our global organisation. The program is designed to make our people more market focused and to increase their networking capabilities, both internally and externally. It also makes them more aware of the power of diverse perspectives and a global mindset.
Strengthening Your Potential: Vocal & Physical Presence
Run by the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), the Vocal & Physical Presence program provides our Senior Managers and Executive Directors with unique and specialised techniques for using their voice and movement as powerful tools for competitive advantage. Participants are given the opportunity to learn strategies for managing nerves and anxiety, explore the image they project through 'silent communication', understand how to control body language and practice applying vocal and physical techniques to strengthen their ability to confidently communicate and interact with colleagues and clients.
Strengthening Your Potential: Business Mindset
Aimed at our Senior Managers and Executive Directors, the Business Mindset program fine tunes our people's ability to influence internal and external stakeholders across a wide range of situations. Taking a business psychology approach to creating the most effective mindset, it is designed to enable leaders in EY to develop key influencing skills that will help them drive improved client performance, manage their team more effectively and enhance their relationships with colleagues across the firm, as well as with Partners to whom they report.
Strengthening Your Potential: The Inner Dialogue
This program focuses on building resilience amongst our Senior Managers and Executive Directors by exploring practical, values-based techniques for dealing with an individual's "inner critic" and the internal dialogue that can work to undermine their confidence on any given day. It draws on an experiential, positive psychological approach and presents leading research in this area. It helps participants to identify some of their key, unique barriers that prevent them from bringing themselves fully and with positive impact to their roles, discover their core strengths and ways in which these can be harnessed to address these barriers and learn easily integrated psychological approaches that help to foster internal resilience and maximise their personal performance.
Leadership Development Program
For Managers with the ability, aspiration and engagement to move into leadership roles, the Leadership Development Program (LDP) is an intense journey of self-discovery to help them to define their personal leadership style and develop their emotional intelligence capabilities and skills for having authentic conversations. The LDP helps our people achieve high performance in themselves and others through self-management strategies that inspire and engage others, and help them manage their stress more effectively.
Learning never stops
There are two parts to our global learning curriculum. The first is designed to build your general business skills and acumen. The second is designed to constantly refresh and enhance your technical skills across our service lines so you can provide a superior service and in turn form better client relationships. There are also many structured opportunities to improve your leadership and relationship skills.
We currently offer more than 16,000 courses on our learning management system. Last year, our people undertook more than six million hours of learning and completed over 700,000 courses.
You can use this system not only to deliver your learning, but also to validate that you have had the technical training you need from a regulatory perspective – wherever you are located in our global organisation.
Our success – and our clients’ – depends on our people so we take their development seriously.
That’s why we invite our people to special milestone learning events as their career progresses, from Welcome to EY as a new joiner, through to the New Partner Program.
We know that the most enriching, career-enhancing experiences are gained on the job, and we recognise this as a formal part of our career development framework. We do all we can to help you get the experiences you need to progress within our organisation. With that in mind, we plan assignments in ways that not only give our clients high-quality service, but also provide you with the best environment for your career development whilst developing your relationship and leadership skills.
Moving within our organisation
Our Experiences program offers opportunities to work in different countries and different service lines on short or long-term engagements. This mobility will enable you to work in different environments, which offer exciting and challenging experiences. It will help you develop an inclusive mindset and thrive in an increasingly global market, at the same time as matching our clients' needs and your personal goals and situation, as well as acknowledging your need for flexibility.
Using your skills in the community
We also encourage you to use your professional skills to give back to the community. This will not only benefit others but will also add to your career and your life – strengthening your leadership, communication or project-management skills.
The support you need, when you need it
Coaching enables you to have open, honest conversations between people at all levels throughout our organisation. This ranges from daily informal on-the-job coaching to project feedback and periodic formal performance reviews.
So at one end of the scale you may adopt a mentor with whom you can have ongoing conversations about particular skills or issues, and at the other, you’ll have a counselor with whom you’ll have more formal performance reviews to discuss more structured feedback with.
On-the-job coaching conversations are interactions that occur in the context of daily work, that help you gain a broader perspective, increase clarity and address particular issues and challenges. Coaching improves performance through practical learning and less rework. Working with a colleague who is capable of coaching you on a work-related issue can often help you gain deeper insight into your own work performance.
Counselling – performance reviews
Performance conversations allow the counselee and counselor to ‘look back’ and evaluate performance by bringing together and considering multiple views. These reviews help optimise your strengths and address your development needs.
Counselling – career development
In addition to performance reviews, career development conversations are also an important aspect of coaching at EY. These conversations should challenge you to explore your individual interests, aspirations, needs and options. They also create meaningful goals – both from an annual and a longer-term perspective.
Mentoring provides support, insights and practical advice on a variety of professional development and career topics. Mentoring differs from on-the-job coaching which provides daily support on work related topics. At EY, we encourage our experienced professionals to provide mentoring to less experienced colleagues.