Developing your career
Make your next career move with Ernst & Young and you take a major step towards achieving your potential. The Ernst & Young career development framework is called EYU – Ernst & Young and you – and it will provide you with the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to take your career forwards.
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 positive workplace for all, provides opportunities to reward and recognize you, and helps deliver a differentiated service to our clients. In short, it is the foundation for continued success – yours and ours.
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 an enhanced service and in turn form better client relationships. There are also many structured opportunities to enhance 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 organization.
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.
Up to 70% of an individual’s personal and professional development comes from every day experiences
We know that the most enriching, career-enhancing experiences are gained on the job, and we recognize 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 organization. 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 enhancing your relationship and leadership skills.
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 – enhancing your leadership, communication or project-management skills.
Moving within our organization
Our Experiences program offers cross-border and cross-service-line placements with 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.
The support you need, when you need it
Coaching enables you to have open, honest conversations between people at all levels throughout our organization. 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 – and receive structured feedback from.
On-the-job coaching conversations are hands-on 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 results in improved 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.
Counseling – 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 leverage your strengths and address your development needs.
Counseling – career development
In addition to performance reviews, career development conversations are also an important aspect of coaching at Ernst & Young. 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 Ernst & Young, we encourage our experienced professionals to provide mentoring to less experienced colleagues, for instance through initiatives such as the Career Advisor program.