Follow your own career path
Make your next career move with Ernst & Young and you’ll 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 forward.
There’s no set path here. We’ll give you the tools, support and know-how to develop your career in the direction that most interests you. We believe that’s the best way to maximize your own potential and, as a result, our clients will benefit most from your work.
You’re not defined by the area of the business you work in, nor will you only work on one kind of assignment. Instead, you’ll get incredibly varied experience, get to know people from all sorts of backgrounds 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 everyone, 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, building expertise that will help you both inside and outside Ernst & Young.
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. So you’ll have time and space to pursue your learning goals.
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.
Our success — and our clients’ — depends on our people, so we take their development seriously.
Up to 70% of your personal and professional development comes from every day experiences
We know that the most enriching, career-enhancing experiences are gained on the job, and so this is a formal part of our career development framework. We do all we can to help you get the experiences you need to progress your career.
With that in mind, we plan assignments in ways that not only give our clients high-quality service, but that also provide you with the best environment for your career development. No matter where you go after finishing an assignment, we want you to have gained skills that you’ll find useful.
Using your skills in the community
You’ll be encouraged to use your professional skills within the communities you’re part of.
In the same way that you’ll learn from colleagues and contacts, we’ll ask you to share expertise with others. It means you’ll be giving something back, but can also help you apply your leadership, communication and technical skills in other ways.
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 mind-set 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 with people at all levels throughout our organization. This ranges from daily informal on-the-job coaching to project feedback and regular 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. At the other, you’ll have a counselor with whom you’ll have more formal performance reviews – and receive structured feedback from.
As your skills and expertise develop, we’ll also expect you to share your knowledge with and provide honest, constructive feedback to others.
This practical learning improves your performance and makes you more efficient. Working with a colleague who can coach you on a work-related issue will help you gain deeper insight into your own performance. The things you learn can jumpstart your career progression.
Counseling – performance reviews
Performance conversations allow you and your counselor to evaluate your performance by bringing together and considering multiple views. They’re an excellent way to identify where to focus your development efforts — so your next assignment can help you improve performance further.
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.