Follow your own career path
All the support we give you in your time at the organisation is designed to help you achieve your goals. Our career development framework is called EYU (EY and you) and it provides you with the skills, knowledge and confidence that will be so essential to your ongoing success.
We understand that direction is important. So we'll give you the tools, support and know-how to develop in the direction that most interests you. We believe that's the best way to maximise your own achievements and, as a result, the success of our clients.
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. It's the kind of rich and rewarding experience that you'll be able to draw upon throughout your career.
Your development is at the heart of our culture. It contributes to an engaging and positive workplace for everyone, 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 learning curriculum is designed to build your general and specific business skills, resulting in better client relationships.
We do all that we can to help you get the ‘on-the-job’ experience you need to progress within our organisation.
From ongoing dialogue with a mentor to formal performance reviews, we provide the opportunities you need for open conversations.
Learning never stops
Our global learning curriculum will equip you with knowledge and skills that are designed to last a lifetime. On one hand, it will build your general business skills and acumen. On the other, it is designed to constantly refresh and enhance your technical skills across our service lines so you can provide an enhanced service and form even stronger 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 EY.
We currently offer more than 16,000 courses on our learning management system. Last year, our people undertook more than eight million hours of learning and completed over 850,000 courses. So you can be confident you'll have time and space to pursue your learning goals.
Use this system to structure your learning, but also as a way of validating your achievements. Wherever you are located, you'll be able to demonstrate you had the technical training you need from a regulatory perspective.
Our success — and that of our clients — depends on our people, so we take your development seriously.
Up to 70% of your personal and professional development comes from everyday 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 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 a project, you'll have acquired important skills you can carry with you.
Moving within our organisation
Mobility across geographical boundaries and service lines is all part of our commitment to seamless, high-performing teams. We offer cross-border and cross-service line placements with short or long-term engagements. That means you'll be able to work in different environments, which offer exciting and challenging experiences.
It will help you develop an inclusive mind-set and help our clients to thrive in an increasingly global market.
Example of opportunities available include:
Accelerated Leadership Programme
Develop your strategic, people and management skills at a faster pace on our CMI accredited Accelerated Leadership Programme. It's designed to prepare you for career progression and future leadership roles. The demands of the ALP can be high in terms of time, commitment and effort, but the rewards are great.
The opportunity to work as part of a local team in a different country for three months. This programme helps you to practise working in another culture and build your professional network. You'll also gain rich new experiences from living in your host country.
Global Exchange Programme
Exchange knowledge and leading practice with new colleagues as part of a local team working on client engagements. You'll learn more about our global organisation and expand your professional network.
Designed to advance your development and prepare you to work on complex global accounts. Working in one of our global centres for a period of up to 18 months, you'll focus on a particular area of knowledge or a technical offering within your chosen service-line. You'll benefit from sharing technical and industry insights with our clients while building your professional network.
An opportunity to work in another area of the firm (including other service areas or offices), a client's business or another entity. You'll increase your knowledge of EY, build valuable networks and improve your business acumen.
Rapid Development Programme
The RDP is a two-year programme for support staff, targeted at individuals who show potential in leadership qualities and are 12 months either side of promotion to manager. It accelerates the development of leadership and business skills amongst those who show they have the strongest potential.
Using your skills in the community
Development isn't just about learning. It's about sharing your expertise with others too. You'll be encouraged to use your professional skills within the community – giving something back, but also applying your leadership and communication skills in new and, often demanding, ways.
The support you need, when you need it
Coaching enables you to have open, honest conversations with 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. At the other, you'll have a counsellor 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.
On-the-job coaching helps you gain a broader perspective, increases clarity and addresses particular issues and challenges.
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.
Counselling – performance reviews
Performance conversations allow you and your counsellor 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.
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 perspective and over the longer term.
Unlike on-the-job coaching, which provides daily support in your work, mentoring gives you guidance, insights and practical advice on a variety of professional development and career topics. At EY, we encourage our experienced professionals to provide mentoring to less experienced colleagues, through initiatives such as the Career Advisor program.
Meet our people
At EY our inclusive work environment means everyone's opinion is valued. Whether a recent joiner or long-serving member of the firm, all our employees have a unique story to tell.
Click the image below to watch some of our people talk about their experiences.