You can do more to determine your own future by making sure you know everything you can about our application, interview and selection process. You can also find out more about what it's like working here, your career development and life at EY.
How can I find out which graduate vacancies are available?
For a complete list of student vacancies, go to the relevant Graduate, Internship or Placement or Schools opportunities page. We recruit on a first come, first served basis. Once we have filled a vacancy or location, you will no longer be able to apply for that particular role. Therefore we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.
How do I start the application process?
I have a disability and / or long term health condition - should I declare it?
At the application stage, we ask candidates to tell us whether they have a disability or long term illness and whether any adjustments are required during the recruitment process. There is a dedicated area on our application form for this. All candidates who complete this section will be contacted by our student recruitment team. Any conversations we have with you about your disability will be treated with confidentiality.
If you have a disability and wish to discuss your application with us, please contact us on 0800 289 208 and we will work with you to ensure that your questions are addressed.
For further information we also recommend that you also visit - www.greatwithdisability.com
How has the current economy affected your graduate recruiting efforts?
People are our most valuable resource so we plan to maintain our current intake of graduates this year. We're focused on identifying and hiring the most qualified and suitable talent from outstanding universities around the world to support our growing global business now, and in the future.
Can I speak to someone about your recruiting process and available programmes?
There are several ways to find out more about our process and programs. If one is available to you, start by scheduling an appointment with your campus career services office. You can take charge of the process by being proactive. Talk to your professors or peers who have been on one of our internship programs – they can provide more information and insights to help you make an informed decision about pursuing a career with EY.
EY runs a number of events on campus and in schools which give you an idea of who we are and what we stand for. You will also have the chance to speak to individuals from the business as well as employees who are currently working on the Graduate programmes.
What happens once we receive your application?
As soon as we receive your application, we'll acknowledge it by email. A member of our recruitment team screens each form and strengths tests. If your application meets our requirements, we'll invite you to the next stage of the recruitment process, which will be completion of our online tests. At each stage we'll let you know the decision within 72 hours at most.
Can I apply for graduate positions in the UK if I need a work permit?
Yes, we welcome applications from all candidates however there is some information and restrictions below that that you should be aware of.
If you need permission to work in the UK, you will be referred to our immigration team but before this happens you will need to have received and accepted an offer from us.
- The deadline for applications to our September 2014 graduate programmes is 30 April 2014.
In order to start employment on one of our graduate programmes, you must have the necessary permission to work in the UK by the 1 September 2014. The above application deadlines are in place due to the length of time required to successfully complete the recruitment process and subsequently apply for your visa.
Please note that we are unable to offer Tier 2 sponsorship for certain roles as the salary does not meet the current UKBA Code of Practice salary benchmark. For roles where the salary does not meet the UKBA Code of Practise and if you do not have valid permanent permission to live and work in the UK we will not be able to progress your application for that particular position.
EY cannot sponsor the following programmes under Tier 2 as the UK Border Agency's Code of Practise salaries will not be met:
- Graduate roles in Northern Ireland
- Graduate roles in Inverness
- Graduate roles in Human Capital Tax (outside of London, North London (Luton) and Reading)
- Graduate roles in Indirect Tax (outside of London, North London (Luton) and Reading)
If you already have valid permanent permission to live and work in the UK, such as on spousal, ancestry or Tier 1 (General) visas, you will not require Tier 2 Sponsorship from EY and would therefore be eligible to commence work for EY on any of our programmes including the ones mentioned above. However, If you hold a temporary visa and you apply to any of the above roles we will not be able to accept your application as we may not be able to extend your stay after your visa has expired.
Please be aware that the UK immigration policy is currently being reviewed by the UK government which may impact your Certificate of Sponsorship application.
If you're unsure about your eligibility to work in the UK, please see www.ukvisas.gov.uk for more information.
Can I apply for Undergraduate position in the UK if I need a Visa?
We cannot obtain Certificates of Sponsorship for internships and fixed-term placements. However, if you're in full-time education in the UK, under the Tier 4 (General) category, current regulations may permit temporary employment during holiday periods or as part of your studies.
Assuming we have positions open, and you already have the necessary right to work in the UK for one of our internships, then there is no deadline for applications.
If you are unsure of your right to work in the UK, please review the UK Border Agency website for more information: www.ukvisas.gov.uk.
Do I need a business, finance or accountancy degree to apply for a graduate position at EY?
Only a small number of our positions require a specific degree, and for the majority of our programmes we welcome applicants from all degree backgrounds. It's your intellectual ability and natural strengths that matter to us. Some of our highest achievers have studied subjects totally unrelated to the work they do.
Can I apply for deferred entry?
We understand that not everyone is ready to start their career the day after graduation. If we offer you a job, we'll be happy to talk to you about your circumstances and each request will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
What are your minimum academic requirements? If I don't meet them, can I still apply?
Most of our graduate and undergraduate vacancies require at 300 (24) UCAS points or equivalent (Obtained in the same year, excluding General Studies and re-sits), Grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics and English Language and a 2:1 honours degree (predicted or obtained). Some business units require more, or ask for specific degree subjects. For example, our Advisory and Corporate Finance roles require 320 (26) UCAS points.
In very exceptional circumstances, we'll accept applications from people who don't meet our academic requirements. If this is your case, you'll need to provide strong justification for why we should consider your application.
If I'm not successful this time, can I apply again?
Yes, if your application is unsuccessful at any of our stages you are able to reapply for the following intake year. However you will need to wait a minimum of 6 months from the date of your last application before doing so. If you have previously applied for an Undergraduate position and been rejected you don’t have to wait a specified time before you can apply for a Graduate position.
If you have chosen to withdraw your application or the area you applied to is full, then there is no time constraint before you can apply again.
I wasn't invited to the next stage of the recruitment process – can I get feedback on my application?
We receive around 19,000 applications a year for around 1,000 positions. Unfortunately, the sheer number of applications we receive means we can't give individual feedback at the early stages of our recruitment process. If you're unsuccessful after your assessment centre or final interview, one of our graduate recruiters would be happy to give you personal feedback over the phone.
I graduated a few years ago. Can I still apply for a graduate position?
Yes. We are very happy to accept applications from students who have already graduated.
Do you accept CVs?
No – to ensure we treat all applicants equally and fairly, you must use our online application form. If you're unable to complete your form online and have any special requirements, please contact our recruitment team at 0800 289 208 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if my personal details change?
You can change your personal details online at any time; just log on to your account and make your amendments.
What documentation will I need to produce before joining the firm?
You'll need to provide original certificates for your GCSE Mathematics and English, A level and degree qualifications (or equivalents) before your first day with us. We'll also need to see confirmation of your right to work in the UK, for example your passport or equivalent.
I've looked everywhere on this site, but I can't find the answer to an important query. Can I contact you directly?
Yes. If you've looked carefully and can't find an important piece of information, you can contact us at email@example.com or on 0800 289 208.
Can I delete my profile and job submissions?
Yes, you can delete your profile and job submissions whenever you want. To delete your account, log in to your profile and then click on "My Account Options" where you'll find a delete link. Click on this link and follow the online instructions to delete your account.
How can I receive Job Posting Notifications?
To receive Job Posting Notifications, access your profile, click on "My Account Options," scroll down to the correspondence section, click on the "Edit" link and select "Send me an email notification whenever a new position matching my profile is posted (Job Posting Notification)."
How can I retrieve my username or password?
Click on the link to access your profile and at the log in page click on "Forgot password" or "Forgot username." Follow the online instructions and you'll then receive an email with your request.
If you have any problems with accessing or your account being locked you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0800 289 208
How is EY structured?
EY is a global organization made up of member firms in more than 150 countries. Each member firm is owned by its partners and they have operational control of their business.
However, in order to maintain the same high standards of service quality and delivery in each of our locations, we have a global governance structure. This consists of four geographic Areas, each with an Area Executive that works in close association with our Global Executive, headed up by our CEO, Mark Weinberger.
To support our efforts as a global organization, we also have a global entity, EY Global, which works strategically with each of our Areas to support consistency and excellence in all of our activities around the world.
Where does EY have offices around the world?
EY has 175,000 people working in more than 150 countries. Take a look at our location map.
How do I choose which service line to join?
The right choice will reflect your area of interest, skill or specialisation. Have a good look around our website to get a feel for who we are and the services we offer. Then speak with your professors, recruiters, campus careers advisors, friends and family to gather all the information you need to understand where you may be most successful.
EY is growing and expanding in new and exciting business areas, particularly Advisory Services, and there are lots of opportunities for you to consider. Invest time now to research the possibilities so you can make an informed choice later on.
Do I need certification of any kind to join EY?
The requirement for qualifications depends on the opportunities you're most interested in and where you apply. For a complete list of student vacancies, go to the relevant Graduate, Internship or Placement or Schools opportunities page, where you'll find more detailed information about specific qualification requirements in the job descriptions.
Can I apply for a job outside my home country?
You may apply for any open positions you see in any one of the more than 150 countries in which we hire graduates. But your eligibility depends on the hiring country's qualification requirements, employment laws, work permit and/or visa requirements. Please visit the website of the country you wish to work in and view the current vacancies available.
What is the organisation's policy on flexible working?
Flexibility is important to our employees, who are looking to manage their work commitments alongside other aspects of their lives. Sometimes reducing the number of hours you work or having access to the very best IT and communications technology can make a real difference in helping our people succeed professionally and personally.
We have a pragmatic approach to supporting individuals who need to meet commitments in and out of the office. We’ll discuss it with you and together agree on a framework that meets your needs as well as those of the business, our teams and our clients.
This approach allows you to manage family commitments, or pursue personal passions outside of work. We’re proud that some of our people have participated in the Olympics, written novels and recorded albums alongside pursuing a career at EY.
What support do you provide for disabled employees?
In your offer pack we will give you the opportunity to declare your disability or long term illness. If requested you will be contacted by our dedicated HR team to discuss the support you may need in the workplace. We want to ensure you have the support to achieve your potential at EY. Where necessary we may refer you to Occupational Health or the Health and Safety team who work closely with individuals to identify any adjustments required. If necessary, this may include a visit to the office ahead of your start date for a familiarisation visit.
Our long standing Disability Network which was named the outstanding employee network of the year in 2012 at the European Diversity Awards continues to run events on topics including stammering and mental health and encourages leaders in the business to share their personal experiences.
Do you offer work experience? What program would suit me best?
We strongly believe in providing work experience opportunities to help you make the transition from education to business. We offer work experience in many of our countries. See what opportunities are available to you. You can also check with your university career services for more information.
Do you offer internships?
Yes. If you're looking to jump-start your career, participating in one of our internship programs will give you valuable experience and insights. If your internship goes well, at the end of the program you may be offered a full-time position with us when you’ve completed your studies. Take a look at the different programs available to you – but be aware that not every country offers every program.
What responsibilities do interns have?
As an intern you'll work in a team just like our new graduate employees. This means you'll collect data, complete analyses, prepare presentations, and participate in meetings. Rest assured, you'll also receive intensive training of world-class standard to help get you started, and extensive coaching from the advisors on your team along the way.
What is the International Intern Leadership Conference (IILC) and how can I apply to go?
The IILC is an annual event held at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It's the largest event of its kind and attended by over 2,000 participants from all over the world.
IILC gives interns the opportunity to meet our global leadership and learn about our vision and strategy for EY. The conference is by invitation only and is a reward for the interns who perform best.
You'll learn from our top leaders, participate in seminars on current global issues and get involved in team activities. It's a great way to build your global network and your vision of what your future at a growing and dynamic global company might be.
How can I get involved in my local community?
We have a philosophy of volunteering and strongly encourage you to support your community in any way you can. Each EY employee is given two days of paid leave each year to dedicate to corporate responsibility.
Getting involved in these activities can benefit your career too with new ways to build your skills. The more you give, the more you gain.
What kind of training can I expect from EY?
Excellence in training is a core element of EYU. With our award-winning worldwide learning and development programmes, you receive the formal training you need through a variety of approaches in the classroom and online.
You'll also receive valuable informal training through new experiences and on-the-job coaching and mentoring. See EYU for more information.
Once I join, can I work in another country?
We're committed to offering our people international experience of our growing global business. Once you've been with us for a year, you can apply for a short or long-term secondment or to our international mobility programme. You'll need a strong performance record to qualify. Speak to your manager and they'll help you identify any suitable opportunities to enhance your career development with some international experience.
How will I continue to grow as a professional?
We aim to give you interesting and challenging work which allows you to develop your skills and knowledge on a continuous basis. And we back up your day-to-day responsibilities with one of the most comprehensive training programs in the business.
We take your individual strengths and learning requirements into account to provide the right blend of experiences, learning and coaching for you. This approach will help accelerate your progress and support your career goals and aspirations.
We call this approach EYU and it reflects a commitment to your development. We’ll work with you to articulate your needs and aspirations and will provide the tools and opportunities you need to fulfill them.
What kind of training can I expect from EY?
Training is a core element of EYU. With our award-winning learning and development programs, you receive the formal training you need through a variety of approaches in the classroom and online.
You'll also receive valuable informal training through new experiences and on-the-job coaching and mentoring. See EYU for more information.
Once I join, can I work in another country?
We're committed to offering our people international experiences. Once you've been with us for a year, you can apply for a short or long-term secondment or to our international mobility program. You'll need a strong performance record to qualify. Speak to your manager and they’ll help you identify any suitable opportunities to enhance your career development with some international experience.
What influence will I have over my career progression?
You own your career at EY, but developing it is a mutual commitment. You're responsible for telling us your aspirations, and your performance reviews will help us identify your developmental needs.
We provide a supportive, learning, team-oriented and high-performance environment that will help you become a highly competent and successful professional. We offer plenty of career options and, wherever possible, we allow flexibility, so you can balance the demands of work and personal life.
In return, you take responsibility for your professional and personal growth and for performing at your best every day.
What are the typical hours in a working week?
There's no typical week at EY. Your hours will vary according to the work or engagement in which you're involved. There may be some weekend work, particularly during busy periods. We encourage teams at all levels to work flexibly and discuss and negotiate how to meet the demands of each engagement. By communicating regularly with your team and supervisor, you'll be able to understand their expectations and plan your time effectively.
What do people wear at EY?
Our office dress policy is business casual. However, we're providing a professional service to our clients and they expect us to look the part, so formal business attire is appropriate for meetings with clients. The exception to this rule is when you're based at client sites, in which case you may adopt the client's dress code policy.
What is the social life like in the office?
At EY you'll find individuals with a variety of backgrounds and opinions united by a shared set of values. There are many groups and networks built around shared issues and interests, ranging from hobbies, sports and creative or intellectual pursuits to volunteer and support groups, for example for working mothers. Regardless of your background or areas of interest, you'll find colleagues who share them.
What is EY's approach to diversity and inclusiveness?
The workforce around the world is becoming more diverse than ever. We've therefore created an environment in which all people feel valued, are part of the community and are able to perform at their best. Wherever possible, we break down barriers.
We were one of the first employers in the US, for instance, to offer health benefits to same-sex partners. Women currently make up 34% of our senior management and we’ve been prolific in publishing papers which deal with the issues women face in business and the workplace.
When we talk about diversity, we’re referring to the mix of people we have and when we speak of inclusiveness, it’s about how we make the most of that mix. It's about welcoming and harnessing diverse viewpoints, and about how this leads to making better decisions for us and for our clients. It's also about operating in a way that helps people achieve their goals and make a difference, wherever they come from and whatever their characteristics.
We believe in developing our people's cultural awareness and skills, including helping them to be aware of their own assumptions, frames of reference and behaviors. You can benefit from soft-skills training which helps develop a global mindset.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness makes business sense: it helps us to engage with clients and teams in a global economy. And in a world of shifting demographics, it enables us to navigate efficiently across boundaries.
What is EY's approach towards environmental sustainability?
We recognize that we have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment, but we also see sustainability as an important business issue for EY and for our clients.
On a global basis, we measure our carbon footprint and find ways to reduce it such as:
- Locating our offices in buildings that meet the highest standards for sustainability
- Reducing the need for overseas travel through the use of video and teleconferencing
- Sourcing green energy suppliers wherever possible
As an individual, you can participate in one of the eco-teams in our offices that promote responsible practices, or you can contribute your time to a charity or organisation that benefits the environment.
How can I get involved with my local community?
We encourage our people to use their skills to help their communities achieve their goals by volunteering. We've divided our activities into three Es: entrepreneurship, education and environmental sustainability.
You'll have many opportunities to get involved in the community where you live or work. For example, EY people serve as tutors for promising secondary school students, mentor aspiring entrepreneurs and organise tree-planting efforts.
Getting involved in these activities can benefit your career too, helping you build skills in different or unexpected areas.
I have personal commitments that matter to me. How will this work at EY?
We understand that success is broader than what you achieve at the office. For many, family will always come first. That's why we support one another in attaining life balance, in reaching our personal goals, and keeping our personal commitments.
Some of our people have participated in professional sports, written novels, recorded albums, raised families and conducted a number of other personal activities while working with us. The key to balancing your professional and personal commitments is communicating often with your team and supervisor and remaining flexible.