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Making the right choices now

There are many different paths to a great career in business. This is why it’s important to explore the options – while holding on to your own individual interests and aspirations. We’re here to help you do that. We’ve created a range of School Leaver and University programmes that let you launch your career in business your way.

Our school and college leaver programmes open up a range of experiences and opportunities – each one packed with challenges and plenty of support. Whether you’re ready for the world of work now and choose our School Leaver programme, or are going to university first and want to gain business experience at the same time, we’ve got the right programme for you.

We’re a large, global firm with many clients who are household names, so whatever programme you choose, you’ll gain invaluable work experience and build a range of skills that will help get you prepared for your career – wherever it takes you.

Find out more about the ways in which our people work with our clients to build a better working world.

 

We are one of the world’s leading professional services firms and we know that successful economies rely on successful businesses.

Our clients include some of the world’s most successful, innovative and respected organisations, spanning all industry sectors. They depend on our people’s ingenuity and creativity to help them grow, pay the right tax and make vital business decisions.

There are four areas of our business, and each helps our clients in different ways. We call them service lines and each one benefits from a range of people with different skills and strengths.

EY - Advisory

Advisory: Advising organisations all over the world to help them solve their complex problems, manage risk, and transform and improve to gain an edge on the competition.


EY - Assurance

Assurance: Our Assurance team check that figures are correct and that a client’s accounting is done properly, which is crucial for maintaining confidence in international markets.


EY - Corporate Finance

Corporate Finance: Helping the world’s businesses to buy, sell and merge to get the best long-term return for their money.


EY - Tax

Tax: Guiding clients all over the world so that they pay the right tax in the right place and at the right time – balancing what’s good for the community and the company.

For today’s school leavers making a decision about what to do next can be a difficult process – especially if the decision means not going to university, and entering the world of work straight away. Virtually all of our trainees have told us that before they decided to apply to the EY School Leaver programme that they sat down and discussed this with their parents or carers. If you are a parent helping your son or daughter to make this decision then we thought you might find it useful to read about the experiences of the parents of some of our current trainees.

Katie – Flo’s Mum

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself
    • Did you go to university?

      I completed my university education at the age of 43, having done it on a part-time basis alongside fulltime work.

      I have a degree in Post Compulsory Education and Training & full teaching status in Further Education.
    • Straight to work?

      I was encouraged to take the traditional A-level and then to college route.
  • What do you do currently?

    I am a qualified lecturer in Early Years.
  • When you first heard about the programme were you aware of EY and what they do?

    I had heard of EY and knew they were an accountancy firm, however, I did not know that they supported school leavers until Flo told us about it.
  • How did you first hear about the programme?

    Through Flo and the school she attended at the time, St Marys.
  • What did you think of the programme?

    The programme itself I felt was a good career route, however, I had expected Flo to take the traditional route of University as that was what originally informed her A- level choices after her GCSE’S.

    I think it is also fair to say that if she had continued at her previous school this route would not have been open to her as she would have been seen as an obvious University candidate. Having worked a lot on Apprenticeships myself in further education I can see the benefits of this particular type of career path however, during Flo’s time at school I would not have considered this a route she would take.

    I also would consider that the majority of young people who come from independent/ private education will take the University route as parents may have certain expectations when they have invested financially in their child’s education. When we were choosing schools for Flo something we considered was which school would be the best for her to achieve her goal of being an accountant, which included getting into the best University.
  • How would you compare it to going to university?

    Personally I feel a University education would have given Flo a broader base of skills and experiences and opportunity for her to change her mind around her subject if she desired.

    However, as a work based school leaver she is developing a set of skills relevant to employment which will increase her employability prospects later on.
  • Did you have any concerns about Flo applying? What were they? And why?

    I would say that my main concern would be that Flo was sacrificing a University education for work based qualification. This in itself is fine if she wishes to stay an accountant, but if she decides to use her skills towards another route would she have the necessary education to do this?
  • How have you found the programme now that Flo has started?

    Even as Flo’s mother I can no longer make decisions on her behalf and therefore if she feels she has made the right decision then I am happy that she has done so. It certainly has given her unique opportunities such as featuring in the new EY Schools campaign and her hard work seems to be recognised with her recent promotion.  
  • Would you recommend the programme to other parents? Why?

    If this was a route that a young person wanted to take then I would definitely recommend it as an alternative to University, especially for those who may not cope with the demands of University life and who want a more practical option.

Eddie – Flo’s Dad

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself
    • I left High School - aged 16 - half way through the Autumn term of the Scottish equivalent of Lower 6th.  I left to join the Army as an Apprentice, I went through a 2 year programme of further education and soldiering.  I took the decision - with my parents support - as I could see that my high school education would not have taken me far enough academically in my remaining time in full time education. 
    • I now head the EMEA Project Management department in one of the world’s largest Telco’s.  The transition from the Army to - what was then - an Internet Service Provider was not a natural progression but, due to the ever evolving state of the Internet and Telecommunications work being very varied it was suitable for someone with an eagerness to learn and develop.  In 30 years I have only had 2 jobs.
  • How did you first hear about the programme?

    It was Flo who brought the programme to our attention.  She was adamant that she wasn't going to spend a number of years in university racking up a student debt.  She wanted to look for an opportunity to move straight into business.  Flo had been looking at the apprentice programme at a competitor of EY who were running an active school leavers recruitment programme in the Cambridge area.  Given that initial exposure to business recruitment and the self-confidence she developed while going through the process she very quickly discovered more about the EY school leaver programme.
  • What did you think of the programme? What informed this?

    What we know about the programme has been brought to us by Flo. She was very good at marketing the opportunity to us; to her own benefit.  She is a very open and honest girl and we can see through her how much EY value feedback from their trainees about the programme itself and where improvements have been made.
  • What did you and Flo discuss when she was deciding which path to take towards her future career / education?

    I think that Katie (Flo’s Mum) will answer this question better as the two of them had very conflicting views as to what the best post-school route was for Flo.
  • How have you found the programme now that Flo has started?

    I think that we would all admit that the programme is not as Flo first thought that it would be. Our initial thoughts were that she would be office based and we would both continue to car share.  The EY Cambridge office is only a 5 minute walk from my office.  However, she could count the number of days she has been office based in the past 14 months on her fingers and toes. There is a lot of travelling to and working from client sites – those applying should be aware of this.
  • Have you notice any changes to Flo?

    When she first moved to her 6th Form School in Cambridge in September 2011 she transformed within a 2 week period from being a young school girl to a very self-assured young lady.

    Likewise, we noticed a very similar transformation with her within EY as she travelled across East Anglia and to North Wales. Her reliance on others to make decisions for her were gone, she wanted to be in control of her own diary and actions. There have been many times where her weekly calendar has been chopped and changed and she takes each change in her stride, deals with the situation and moves on.

    She is a keen advocate of the EY School Leaver programme.  She wears her heart on her sleeve and gives her total commitment.
  • Would you recommend the programme to other parents? Why?

    Yes, I would. I would advise them allow their son/daughter to lead the job searching.  The commitment that Flo showed to prove to us - especially her mother - that this programme was a better option than university proved how much she wanted to join EY.  Any resistance that her mother showed - playing the devil's advocate - helped to spur Flo on to prove to us both that she knew what she wanted to do with her career.

Jeanine - Charlotte’s Mum

  • Tell us a little bit about yourself
    • Did you go to university? 
      No.
    • Straight to work? 
      Yes – in my first job I worked as a book keeper
    • What do you do currently? 
      I work as the Senior Plant Administration and Liaison Officer for, a family run Royal Warranted laundry company.
  • When you first heard about the programme were you aware of EY and what they do? 

    I knew about EY and roughly what they do, just not the depths.
  • How did you first hear about the programme? 

    Through Charlotte.
  • What did you think of the programme? What informed this?

    This was something that excited Charlotte very much – she had researched this thoroughly and so I supported her choice 100%.
  • How would you compare it to going to university? 

    Charlotte had always made it clear that she did not want to go to University so I didn’t push her on this.
  • What did you and Charlotte discuss when she was deciding which path to take towards her future career / education?

    Charlotte discussed everything with us regarding tests during the application process, what EY was offering and this was something that she has always wanted to do. Charlotte is a very bright young lady and has always enjoyed challenges. She was very thorough in everything she researched, broke it all down to me. At the end of the day I wanted her to do something that she was passionate about as this could effectively be her career for her working life. She had to be sure that this was what she wanted. It was – very much so.
  • Did you have any concerns about Charlotte applying? What were they? And why? 

    Absolutely none – she had the drive and commitment to see through what she had to do. I am there for her moral support 100%.
  • How have you found the programme now that Charlotte has started? 

    The work is very demanding, but she thrives on it. There have been times when I have questioned her workload as she has come home shattered. However, she has assured me that she has excellent back-up with her buddy and councillor along with the Executives within her building. She wants to succeed, wants to be the very best and go as high as she can and knows she has to work harder than hard to get there. I firmly believe she will.
  • Have you notice any changes to Charlotte? 

    Charlotte has always been a very articulate and ‘’grown-up’’ person. Her confidence and her presence make you notice her – not in a harsh way. She is very approachable, bubbly and friendly but also very professional. I’m very proud of her.
  • Would you recommend the programme to other parents? Why? 

    I would recommend this highly as it gives young adults the full on experience of day-to-day business – the very best way I believe to learn – on the job. I believe it is easier to ‘’do’’ something and understand it rather than read. Anyone can read it, perhaps understand it to some extent but by actually performing the task – that shows you are able. This is very well supported by those in the offices.

Experience before you commit

At EY we offer many varied journeys to future success and some will start simply with an initial taste of what working life at EY is like, to give you a better idea of what options are right for you. The experiences we offer are a chance for you to find out about us and us to find out about you. Completing one will boost your CV and help you take the first step towards a successful career.

EY Insight (open evening)

These open evenings for students in Year 11-13 (4th-6th year in Scotland) run in EY offices all over the UK. You’ll get an idea of what your strengths are and how to use them; meet our people, learn how to make a successful application, and get a taste of what life in a leading global business is like.

Entry requirements

Year 11/4th year

  • Predicted Grade B or higher in GCSE Mathematics and English Language (or Grade 2 or higher in Standard Mathematics and English Language)

Year 12 and 13/5th and 6th year

  • Grade B or higher in GCSE Mathematics and English Language (or Grade 2 or higher in Standard Mathematics and English Language)
  • Predicted 300 UCAS points (from 3 A2 Levels, or equivalent) not including General Studies or A2 re-sits – this can be from any combination of subjects

EY Skills Academy

Held in our London office, this is a short residential course for Year 12 students. Through a broad range of interactive exercises, you’ll learn more about yourself, how you work with others and what an organisation like ours needs from you. You’ll build your business skills by solving real client problems. And you’ll meet business trainees as well as some of our most senior people.

Entry Requirements

  • Grade B or higher in GCSE Mathematics and English Language (or Grade 2 or higher in Standard Mathematics and English Language)
  • Predicted 300 UCAS points (from 3 A2 Levels, or equivalent) not including General Studies or A2 re-sits – this can be from any combination of subjects

Register your interest here for Skills Academy

 

At EY, we will help you find the type of career you want – your way.

That’s why we have created a range of school and college leaver programmes – to help you gain the experiences, skills and networks you will need to make the right choices and build the career that’s right for you.

If you want to step straight into work, you could join our EY School Leaver programme. And if you’re set on going to university first then the EY Degree or the EY Scholarship could be just right for you. We’ll help you decide on the best path for you and after that, we will do everything we can to help you to get ahead.

We’re a large, global firm, so whichever programme you choose, you’ll gain invaluable work experience that will help you start a great career – wherever that takes you.

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National Recruitment Events

  • 12 & 13 March 2015 - UCAS Career Zone, Manchester
  • 16 & 18 March 2015 - UCAS Career Zone, London
  • 13 & 14 April 2015 - UCAS Career Zone, Bristol
  • 25 & 26 June 2015 - UCAS Career Zone, Birmingham

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Schools Visits

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Please contact us at eyschools@uk.ey.com with queries regarding visiting your school or college

EY has made a commitment to help young people at a disadvantage in the labour market.

EY Foundation

The EY Foundation is a UK registered charity that works directly with disadvantaged young people, employers and social entrepreneurs to create or support pathways to employment, enterprise or education.

Smart Futures

EY Foundation Smart Futures offers you an opportunity to have a great paid experience of work. A ten month programme, which starts with three weeks paid work experience this summer, you will gain a variety of transferable skills that will give you a head start in your career.

Smart Futures can make you more employable: helping you to get a job after school or go onto higher education. And you’ll make some friends for life too.

Criteria:

  • Currently in Year 12 (England) or Fifth Year (Scotland) at school
  • Ambitious and motivated to join the world of work and have a career
  • Looking for a great paid work experience this summer that will help you secure a job after school, or a place at university
  • In receipt of free school meals, or the first in your immediate family to consider university
  • Predicted 300 UCAS points (or equivalent)
  • Have achieved a grade B or above in GCSE/a minimum of a Standard Grade 2 in Mathematics and English Language

Then apply today. The programme is running in – Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Luton (North London)the North West (Manchester and Liverpool), Yorkshire (Leeds and Hull) and expanding to new locations in 2015.

Learn more at eyfoundation.co.uk/smartfutures

Download your copy of the Smart Futures brochure here.

Follow the EY Foundation on EY_Foundation and #EYFSmartFutures

If you’re thinking about applying to one of our 2015 Schools programmes, here’s more detail on what you will need to do next.

First, some tips

A good application will make you stand out from the crowd. You can give people a sense of the real you – and demonstrate the value you can add to their programme. There are some useful techniques that can help you perfect this part of the process.

When it comes to online application forms, there are some key points to bear in mind. Give yourself plenty of time. Get familiar with the online application system so you know how it works. There’s always a risk of it crashing so don’t leave it till the last minute, and copy the text of your answers to a separate document. Also make sure you save your password(s) somewhere safe so you can log back in.

Online application forms tend to be challenging – it’s so that employers can discover what is unique about you. Your answers should be carefully thought through and should be tailored to the role you’re applying for. Make sure you’ve answered every question fully within the allowed word count and take extra care over your grammar and spelling.

And whatever happens, always tell the truth. It will become evident and embarrassing if you’re not honest.

Before you start an application to any of the EY Schools programmes we would strongly recommend that you watch our series of Skills videos online.

Watch our video to understand the application process to join the EY School and University programmes.

 


EY School Leaver

Choose the EY School Leaver Programme if you’re in your final year at school. We have opportunities available in our Assurance, Corporate Finance and Tax service lines, in a number of our UK offices.

Entry requirements

  • Grade B or higher in GSCE Mathematics and English Language
  • Predicted BBB at A Level or equivalent (not including General Studies or A2 re-sits).

How to apply

  1. Apply online
    Submit an online application that tells us what you’ve achieved in school or college, and outside it. Include any positions of responsibility and extra-curricular achievements as well as your predicted grades at A Level or equivalent.
  2. Show us your strengths
    We’ll send you an online strengths assessment to complete. This will show us what you’re naturally good at. There’s an example on our website for you to try before you apply.
  3. Complete our psychometric tests
    These are designed to test your numerical, verbal and logical reasoning ability. Make sure you practice these online first.
  4. Have an interview
    This is your chance to show us you really understand what you’re applying for and why you want to do it – and that you’re enthusiastic about the path you’ve chosen. The interview will also give you the chance to show us examples of what you’re good at.
  5. Attend our assessment centre
    You’ll complete a case study and a group exercise, and be interviewed by a partner in the firm. Do well and we’ll make you an offer soon after. Good luck!

Apply here.


EY Degree

Choose the EY Degree if you plan to study a four-year accounting and finance degree with a year in industry, and are focused on a career in accountancy.

Entry requirements

  • Grade B or higher in GCSE Mathematics and English Language
  • AAA/A*AB in your A or AS Levels (not including General Studies or re-sits).

How to apply

  1. Apply via UCAS
    Visit the UCAS website and enter course code NN43 or search for BSc/Acc E&Y to find the EY Degree.
    Application will then go to Lancaster University for review.
  2. Supplementary application form
    If you are pre-selected by Lancaster you’ll be asked to complete a supplementary application form.
    If your application is accepted you’ll be invited to complete our selection process.
  3. Complete our psychometric tests
    These are designed to test your numerical, verbal and logical reasoning ability. Make sure you practise these online first.
  4. Attend our assessment centre
    You’ll complete a case study and a group exercise, and be interviewed by a partner in the firm. This is your chance to show us what it takes to be successful and that you’re enthusiastic about the path you’ve chosen.
  5. Offer
    Do well at our assessment centre and we’ll make you an offer soon after.

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EY Scholarship

Choose the three-year EY Scholarship if you’re keen to experience university life but also know you want paid work placements in Advisory, and a career in business. Designed to maximise the potential of talented and ambitious school leavers, the EY Scholarship will develop your business skills and prepare you for a career in Advisory, no matter what your degree subject or university.

Entry requirements

  • Grade B or above in both GCSE Mathematics and English Language
  • Predicted ABB at A Level or equivalent (not including General Studies or re-sits).
  • NB All offers are conditional on your obtaining your predicted A Level results and getting a place at university.

How to apply

  1. Apply online
    Submit an online application that tells us what you’ve achieved in school or college, and outside it. Include any positions of responsibility and extra-curricular achievements as well as your predicted grades at A Level or equivalent.
  2. Show us your strengths
    We’ll send you an online strengths assessment to complete. This will show us what you’re naturally good at. There’s an example on our website for you to try before you apply.
  3. Complete our psychometric tests
    These are designed to test your numerical, verbal and logical reasoning ability. Make sure you practice these online first.
  4. Have an interview
    This is your chance to show us you really understand what you’re applying for and why you want to do it – and that you’re enthusiastic about the path you’ve chosen. The interview will also give you the chance to show us examples of what you’re good at.
  5. Attend our assessment center
    You’ll complete a case study and a group exercise, and be interviewed by a partner in the firm. Do well and we’ll make you an offer soon after. Good luck!

Apply here