Choosing where to start your career is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. If you join EY, we’ll offer you the opportunity to drive lasting change and have an impact on global business which can help drive your own career and future success.
Whether you are a school leaver looking to do something different, currently studying towards your undergraduate degree or you’re a graduate looking to challenge yourself further, you’ll find an EY programme for you.
At EY, we are really interested in the kind of person you are and the things you're naturally good at. That’s why we select students based on their strengths and future potential to succeed in role. We’ve been doing this since 2008, however new for our 2016 opportunities, we have enhanced our suite of online strengths and cognitive assessments and have removed academic qualifications from our entry criteria. This means to make an application for our schools, undergraduate or graduate programmes, you will no longer be required to have a minimum of 300 UCAS points and a 2:1 degree classification.
Use the tabs on this page to find out more about our strengths based recruitment process, and some useful guidance on what the process involves. It’s best to ensure you are fully prepared when applying for a job opportunity so that you have the best chance of success.
At EY we break the mould when it comes to our Student recruitment by assessing strengths in our applicants rather than looking at competencies. Learn more about the strengths process.
Understand how and where to apply for one of our Student vacancies now.
At EY, we focus on you as an individual. Since 2008, we have used a Strengths based approach to recruitment of all of our School Leavers, Undergraduates and Graduates. This approach has proved to be a strong and reliable indicator of a candidate's potential to succeed in a role and we continue to invest in Strengths based recruitment for all Student opportunities. Assessing potential rather than past performance is at the heart of our selection methodology.
As such, after an 18 month analysis of our recruitment and selection process, we will no longer screen out candidates based on academics. Our final decision will take into account how you perform in all aspects of our selection process. At the early stages, the strongest candidates will be identified using a new suite of situational strengths and numerical tests (Strengths Portal).
So what is a Strength? Professor Alex Linley from the Strengths experts Capp, defines strengths as the things we are good at and energise us.
"Your unique strengths define you as a person. Using your strengths helps you to perform at your best in life."
That's why it is important to us that you get the opportunity to show us who you really are and what your strengths are - we are looking for people with the attributes to help us achieve our ambitious growth plans of doubling global revenues by 2020 and fulfilling our purpose of building a better working world.
We want you to be yourself, show us what you've got and how far you want to take your career - we'll give you the opportunity to drive lasting change and make a big impact on business.
At EY we’re much more interested in the kind of person you are and the things you're naturally good at. That’s why we select students on their strengths and future potential, not just past performance. We want you to be yourself, show us what you've got and how far you want to take your career.
Strengths are the things we are good at and energise us. Using your strengths can enable you to perform at your best and have a fulfilling professional life. By assessing your individual strengths, we can assess your future potential to succeed at EY.
There are four stages to applying for a vacancy. Read below for more information on each stage so that you are clear on what to expect.
Whether you are a school leaver looking to do something different, currently studying towards your undergraduate degree or you’re a graduate looking to challenge yourself further, you’ll find a programme for you.
Once you’ve registered for your first choice vacancy, we will capture your personal details and ask about your academic background. We won’t screen out your application on your academic grades; our final decision will take into account how you do in other aspects of our selection process.
Once you have submitted this information, you will receive link by email to our Strengths Portal where you will be asked to complete five assessments. Completing all five assessments allows you to demonstrate your capabilities in full and means that we can gain a greater understanding of who you are and whether you will be a good match for EY.
You don’t have to complete all five assessments in a single sitting if you don’t want to, but you do need to complete them all. We recommend you complete them within one day, and we will only decide on the outcome of your application when you have completed all five assessments. Whatever the outcome, we will send you a feedback report within two weeks.
Before you start each test you will be asked to agree to our integrity statement. This is to confirm that it is indeed you who are completing the test. Honesty and integrity are core values at EY and underpin the way we do business – our processes and policies and recruitment.
Our Strengths Portal is intended to give you and us a good understanding of your strengths and your potential fit for a successful and happy career at EY. It is therefore very important that you complete the assessments undisturbed and without support from others. We will reassess the same strengths again in more detail during your first interview, assessment centre and final interview to help us be certain EY is the right place for you and that you do indeed have the strengths we are looking for.
Both our Situational Strengths and Business Behaviours Tests are specifically designed to give you a genuine insight into what working at EY would be like. We will present you with a variety of scenarios and ask you to select (in order of preference) your responses from a list provided.
The Numerical test involves 12 questions and is set within a time recorded rather than time tested environment. You should take as long as you need to respond to the questions although note that your score will reflect both your accuracy and time taken. If you haven’t already, you might want to take a practice Numerical Reasoning Test, which you can do as a member of Jobmi. Take a practice version of the Numerical Reasoning Test here.
Social mobility is where your background doesn’t define your future opportunities – you do.
EY are Champions of the Social Mobility Business Compact. We are committed to driving a new benchmark for social mobility in recruitment and have partnered with Jobmi to monitor the impact of our selection process on socio-economic profile of our student hires.
We’ll therefore ask you a set of questions about your social, family and educational background. If you don’t want to answer a question, simply select the ‘Prefer not to say’ option.This data collection will take just 2-3 minutes to complete.
It might be that a couple of these questions seem to repeat information that you have already given us. We’re sorry about that, but for social mobility monitoring, it’s important that we collect all this information together in one place.
The information you provide will be used to help us monitor social mobility and will not have any influence on the outcome of your application.
For further information about the Social Mobility Business Compact please visit the following link.
3. First Interview (Telephone)
Our telephone interview is convenient and easy to attend. It should last around 20-25 minutes. It is designed to help us get to know your individual strengths and motivations for joining EY, your chosen service line and location. We want to get to know you, so relax and be yourself.
4. Assessment Centre
You will take part in various activities such as a team meeting, a written report and a presentation. If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend a final interview.* This will give you a better feel for EY and helps us learn more about you.
*If you are applying for our Summer Internship programme, you won't need to attend a final interview and will receive an outcome based on your performance on the assessment centre day.
We aim for all candidates to benefit as much as possible from their EY application, even if you are unsuccessful. If you are unsuccessful after your assessment centre or final interview, one of our student recruiters will be happy to give you a call and talk you through your personal feedback. Hopefully this will help you understand why you didn’t progress, and where you can improve.
We’ll also provide you with details about our partnership with JobMi which will give you the option to explore alternative job opportunities with other employers.
Reasonable Adjustments & Disability
At EY we are committed to bringing together the right candidates to create the high performing teams that provide our clients with the exceptional service they expect. Our people advise some of the world’s most important organisations on the most complex business matters, which is why our people are vital to businesses, industries and economies everywhere. We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds and experiences, creating a rich and diverse culture here at EY – a culture that can help you learn, develop and shape your career.
There is a dedicated area on our application form if you need to let us know about any adjustments to the recruitment process that you will require. Anyone who completes this section will be contacted by our student recruitment team either by phone or email depending on your preference Any conversations we have with you about your disability and/or long term health condition and any adjustments you may need, will be treated with confidentiality.
If you have a disability/long term health condition and wish to discuss your application with us, please contact us on 0800 289 208 or email us at email@example.com and we will work with you to ensure that your questions are addressed.
If you need technical support at any point across the selection process, and you can't find the information you are looking for on our website, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0800 289 208.
Different backgrounds and skills – but similar values
EY can offer a superb working environment, thanks to our commitment to flexibility, inclusiveness and development. There are a number of criteria we look for in our employees. If these describe you, you can relax in the knowledge that you’ll feel comfortable within our working environment.
People who excel We want you to demonstrate what you’re naturally good at, your leadership skills and commercial acumen through extra-curricular activities and community involvement.
People who are good at working in teams We look for evidence that you are good at listening, learning, sharing, developing and working with others, including those who are different from you.
People with integrity We want you to have a clear sense of personal and professional accountability and to show you are committed to doing the right thing.
People who demonstrate respect We look for people who recognize the value of different backgrounds and points of view. By respecting these differences we enrich our perspectives, which helps us to build strong relationships and enhance the services we provide to our clients.
People with energy, enthusiasm and the courage to lead We want you to be passionate and excited about the opportunities at EY and what your future holds.
What can you expect in the interview? How can you best prepare to make a good impression? We offer you a number of hints and tips to give you confidence on the big day, and take control of your own destiny.
Learn as much as you can about EY: who we are, our services, and strategic direction and our vision for the years ahead. Make sure you can articulate how your strengths and career goals are aligned with ours, and why you think you’ll succeed in our organization.
Try to relax and remember that we're interested in the real you: Our interviewers are trained to get the best from you. We know interviews can be stressful, but we want you to enjoy it. Listen carefully to each question and take time to think about your best answer.
Talk to us: we're friendly and always happy to answer your questions. Come along to one of our events on campus and ask our current graduates what it's really like to work at EY.
Get expert advice: your careers service can provide advice and guidance to help you complete your application form and even run you through practice interviews.
Come and say hello
If you really want to find out what EY is like and meet some of the people who’ve been through the graduate recruitment process, come along to one of our events on campus.
You can chat to high-flyers who were graduate recruits, and question fellow students who’ve been on one of our programmes. Get a feel for who we are and what makes us tick. In fact, ask us anything you like.
Here you can search and apply for our graduate and undergraduate vacancies across the UK and Ireland.
We are now recruiting for our 2017 Schools, Undergraduate and Graduate vacancies. Search online for a programme that suits you and apply for an opportunity to get your career in business off to a great start with EY. Any programmes or service lines that are not listed are currently not open for applications, however please check back regularly for updates.
Our application process is straight forward. It should take you approximately 30 minutes in total to complete our application form. Click here to find out more about our application process.
Important points to note when completing your application for all opportunities:
The online application form asks for your personal details and academic background. We won’t screen out your application on academic performance; our final decision will take into account how you do in other aspects of our selection process.
The online application form also asks for the office location you would like to apply to and if you have a preference to work in a particular business area (where applicable). Before selecting the location you would like to apply to, please visit our vacancy table and review the locations available. We cannot guarantee your business area preferences, but will endeavour to accommodate them.
You will be asked if you complete your studies in the correct year to be eligible for the programme you are applying to. If you are unsure if you meet this criteria, please review our FAQ’s
You will have the opportunity to upload any relevant documents at the end of the application – however, you do not need to attach your CV or a cover letter.
You can save and log out of your application as many times as you like.
The system will time-out after 45mins of inactivity. To ensure you do not lose any part of your application click 'save and continue' regularly.
We will only accept one active application per person.
If you have any problems or need assistance completing your application online please contact the Student Recruitment team on 0800 289 208 or e-mail: email@example.com
Once you press the submit button, you will receive an automatic email acknowledging the receipt of the first part of your application.
Your application will then be pre-screened by our Student Recruitment team to check you are eligible for the programme you have applied for.
If you are eligible, you will receive an email within 48 hours asking you to complete our Strengths Portal – the second part of your application.
When you access the Strengths Portal, you will be asked to complete three online assessments:
EY Situational Strengths Test – around 25-30 minutes completion time
EY Business Behaviours Test – around 12-15 minutes completion time
Numerical Reasoning Test – around 12-15 minutes completion time
What’s Your Mindset Assessment – around 4-5 minutes completion time
You don’t have to sit all four assessments back to back however we recommend you complete them on the same day. You should complete all assessments on the Strengths Portal within 3 days of submitting your online application.
Check your emails regularly – you will be informed of the outcome of your application within 3 working days.
Update your contact details regularly to ensure you can be contacted by our Student Recruitment team.
Our proximity to our clients can be critical to the service we provide for them. That’s why we operate from over 20 offices across the UK. Use our map to see our UK locations, and watch videos to get a snapshot of what life is like at a selection of our UK offices.
If you have any queries regarding your application or any aspects of our recruitment process, contact us on 0800 289 208 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
EY job application, interview, selection and beyond
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.
EY Vacancies & Opportunities
How can I find out which student vacancies are available?
For a complete list of student vacancies, go to the relevant Graduate, Internship, 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 encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
Am I allowed to apply to more than one role at a time?
We want you to select the programme you are most interested in so only allow candidates to apply to one. However, on your application form you have the opportunity to provide a second choice programme and location should your original preference no longer be available.
Do you have more than one Graduate intake per year?
Our main Graduate intake is August/September each year however some of service lines offer programmes with start dates at different times of the year.
To find out which programmes have multiple intakes / start dates please visit our Graduate opportunities page.
What are your minimum academic requirements? If I don't meet them, can I still apply?
To be eligible for our Schools programme you should be studying and expect to obtain three A levels, five Scottish Highers, or equivalent. For our undergraduate or graduate programme you must currently be studying and expect to obtain an honours degree.
At EY, academics form part of our overall hiring decision but we don’t screen out any apprentice or graduate applications purely on the basis of academic performance at A-Level or Degree. We will assess your suitability for a role at using a number of tools including strengths, numerical and verbal ability assessments, telephone interview and an assessment centre.
I’d like to apply to an EY office outside of the UK. How should I make an application?
Any opportunities outside of the UK would be managed by our offices in that location. Our website will provide you with details of current vacancies and contact details for opportunities based outside of the UK.
Can I speak to someone about your recruiting process and available programmes?
There are several ways to find out more about our process and programmes and this will differ depending on whether you are currently studying at school/college or at university:
EY run a number of Insight events in our offices across the UK which will 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 trainees who are currently working on our schools programmes. We also attend a number of national recruitment fairs which are regularly updated on our website.
The EY Careers Guide also offers great advice and hints & tips. Visit the site to hear from our experts and find out more about the EY Selection process.
If you have questions about your individual application or would like to speak to one of our recruiters then you can email us at email@example.com or you can tweet us at @EY_SchoolsUK where you will also be able to connect with our trainees who regularly share their experiences on our programmes.
EY run a variety of events on campus which will give you an idea of who we are and our values and culture. You will also have the chance to speak to those currently on our graduate programmes as well as those with more experience of working at EY. The EY Careers Guide also offers great advice and hints & tips. Visit the site to hear from our experts and find out more about the EY Selection process.
If available, we also recommend scheduling an appointment with your campus career services. You can take charge of the process by being proactive. Talk to your lecturers or peers who might 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.
Can I apply for graduate positions in the UK if I need a work permit?
We welcome applications from non-European nationals. However there are some restrictions that you will need to be aware of when making an application to us.
In order to start employment on one of our graduate programmes, you must have the necessary permission to work in the UK.
Depending on the start date, applicants requiring permission to work in the UK will need to have submitted their application form to us by the following dates:
Application cut-off date
January 2017 April 2017 August 2017 September 2017
30 September 2016 30 November 2016 31 March 2017 30 April 2017
These deadlines are in place to allow us sufficient time for you to successfully complete the recruitment process and for us to subsequently apply for your visa.
Tier 2 sponsorship
Please note that we are unlikely to be able to offer Tier 2 sponsorship for a number of roles as the salary is unlikely to meet the current Home Office Code of Practice salary benchmark.
If you do not have permission to live and work in the UK, you should consider making applications to below service lines and locations only:
Any Graduate role in Consulting, Financial Services Consulting or Transactions other than Belfast
Tax, Assurance and People Advisory Services positions in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Luton, London, Reading and Southampton)
Any applications to roles other than the above will mean you are unlikely to succeed in obtaining a work visa.
In addition, as a general rule, applications for Tier 2 sponsorship require EY to demonstrate that there are no settled workers who meet the requirements for the role. We foresee that this will be difficult to demonstrate for most graduate roles, and so if your application requires this, it will be placed on hold until we have tested the resident labour market.
EY will progress your application if you hold a Tier 4 (General) visa and are currently studying for a degree in the UK, as EY will not be required to test the resident labour market provided you are able to apply from a Tier 2 visa from within the UK once you have completed your studies. This may require you to remain in the UK between completion of your studies and your start date to ensure an in-country application is viable. We will not progress applications from Tier 4 (General) visa holders who will need to make their Tier 2 visa applications from outside of the UK.
If you already have valid permission to live and work in the UK, such as Indefinite Leave to Remain, spousal, ancestry or Tier 1 (General) visas, and are able to extend your visa, you will not require Tier 2 sponsorship from EY and we will progress your application. However if you hold a visa that does not enable you to work for EY or a temporary visa that cannot be extended, sponsorship would be required and your application will be held until we have tested the resident labour market.
The Home Office regularly change the immigration rules and should this occur in a way that affects the viability of your application for a graduate position before your start date, EY reserves the right to amend its approach to processing applications.
If you are unsure about your eligibility to work in the UK, please visit 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 studying in the UK on a Tier 4 Visa, you will only have the legal right to work if the Internship is not within term time. New rules dictated by the Home Office mean that you need to provide documentary evidence of your term times. Our summer internships run for 6 weeks and are between Mid-June and Early-September.
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. 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 are able to defer a limited number of offers to the next recruitment year. Please note deferral is not guaranteed. If you are thinking of deferring your offer please let us know as soon as possible during the selection process. If you are successful in receiving an offer we will discuss the deferral process with you.
I graduated a few years ago. Can I still apply for a graduate position?
Yes. We are very happy to accept applications from candidates who have already graduated.
How do I start the application process?
Search our website to identify your area of interest, then go to the relevant Graduate, Internship, Placement or Schools opportunities page and apply online. You'll find specific requirements in the job description. Find out more about our recruitment process here.
How do I select the location I would like to apply to?
As part of the application form you are asked to select the office location you would like to apply to. Before selecting the location you would like to apply to, please visit our vacancy table and review the locations available.
The application form asks if I complete my studies in the correct year in order to be eligible for the programme I am applying to. How do I check this?
It is an essential requirement that you complete your studies in the correct year in order to be eligible to for the programme you are applying to. Failure to meet this requirement, could result in the your application being rejected. If you are unsure, please see the below criteria:
School Leaver Programme – To be eligible for our Business Apprenticeship programme you should be studying or have obtained three A levels, five Scottish Highers, or equivalent. You must have obtained the qualifications listed in advance of the programme start date in September 2017.
Summer Internship Programme – To be eligible for our Summer Internship programme you should be studying for an undergraduate honours degree and be in your penultimate year. If you have graduated with an honours degree and are due to complete a 1-year Masters degree from September 2017 or have a planned gap year, then you are also eligible to apply.
Industrial Placement Programme – To be eligible for our Industrial Placement programme you should be studying for an undergraduate honours degree and be in your penultimate year.
Graduate Programme – To be eligible for our Graduate programme you should be studying for an honours degree or have graduated with an honours degree. You must have obtained this qualification in advance of the programme start date in September 2017.
Discover EY – We run several programmes throughout the academic year for different year groups. You should check the event details to confirm which events you are eligible for. Students from all locations are eligible and standard travel costs are reimbursed within an agreed limit.
Do you accept CVs?
No – to ensure we treat all applicants equally and fairly, you must use our online application form. Provided you answer all the questions on the application form fully then your application will be screened.
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.
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.
I have a disability and / or long term health condition - should I declare it?
At the application stage, we invite candidates to disclose a disability or long term health condition and whether any adjustments are required to support them during the recruitment process. There is a dedicated section on our application form for this. All candidates who complete this section will be contacted by our Student Recruitment team either by phone or email depending on your preference Any conversations we have with you about your disability and/or long term health condition and any adjustments you may need, will be treated with confidentiality.
If you have a disability/long term health condition and wish to discuss your application with us, please contact us on email@example.com or on 0800 289 208 and we will work with you to ensure that your questions are addressed.
Once you have submitted your application form it will be pre-screened by a member of our Student Recruitment team to check your eligibility for the programme you have applied for. If your application is successful after initial screening stage, you will receive an email and invited to take online behavioural assessments. Completing these assessments allows you to demonstrate your strengths and means that we can gain a greater understanding of who you are and whether you will be a good match for EY.
If you are successful at the first stage of online assessments you will then be invited to undertake two cognitive assessments; a verbal reasoning assessment and a numeric reasoning assessment. If you complete both stages successfully, we will invite you to complete our cognitive assessments which include a numerical and verbal reasoning assessment.
Do I have to complete the Strengths Assessment in one sitting?
You don’t have to complete each assessment one after the other in a single sitting, you can take a break between assessments and come back to complete an assessment at another time. We recommend you complete each stage of assessments in one day.
Please note– you have to complete all the assessments by the date and time indicated on your invitation email – this is within 3 days of your invitation being sent.
Are the Strengths Assessments timed?
Our online cognitive assessments do not have a time limit. However, we will assess how long it takes you to complete the numerical and verbal reasoning assessments and the accuracy of response.
I’m experiencing technical difficulties in the Strengths or Interview portal, what should I do?
If you experience technical issues at any time while trying to complete these assessments please contact the Student Recruitment on 0800 292 208 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 after waiting a minimum of 6 months from the date your previous application was unsuccessful. If you attempt to reapply before 6 months has passed your application will be rejected and a new 6 month time period will commence.
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?
Whether you are successful or not all candidates who fully complete our Strengths Portal will receive a written feedback report within 5 working days.
If you're unsuccessful after your assessment centre or final interview, one of our student recruiters would be happy to give you personal feedback over the phone.
If I’m not successful how can I identify other opportunities through JobMi?
EY are proud to be working with JobMi to provide all our unsuccessful candidates with second chances to find their best job match. If you are unsuccessful in our process you will be sent details of how to register for other opportunities through JobMi.
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.
Can I delete my profile and job submissions?
Yes, you can delete your profile and job submissions whenever you want. To delete your account please email email@example.com from the email address you used to set up your profile. Depending on your status in the process, a member of the recruitment team may contact you for verification purposes prior to deleting your account. Once your account is deleted, ALL your job submissions and the profile you have created will be deleted. To withdraw a specific application only, go to 'My Jobpage' and select 'withdraw' for that application.
What documentation will I need to produce before joining the firm?
If you are successful in the selection process we will require evidence of your right to work in the UK before we can extend an offer.
Therefore, it is very important that if you are invited to attend an assessment centre you must bring along original documentation AND photocopies of evidence of your right to work in the UK. Further information about what to bring will be provided to you when you are invited to attend an assessment centre, however please be aware that if you do not bring this documentation to the assessment centre and you have not notified us in advance, we will not be able to assess you on the day.
Should you be unable to present original certificates for any reason then please bring along copies to the assessment centre, but do bear in mind that we must see originals should you progress to offer stage.
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).'
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0800 289 208.
Working at EY
How is EY structured?
EY is a global organization made up of member firms in more than 160 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.
In which countries does EY work?
EY has over 212,000 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 teachers, professors, recruiters, campus careers advisors, friends and family to gather all the information you need to understand where you may be most successful.
Invest time now to research the possibilities so you can make an informed choice later on.
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 160 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?
Our application form has a dedicated section where you can share with us details of your disability and/or long term health condition so we can support you, if necessary, through the assessment and selection process. You will also have the opportunity to share details of your disability and/or long term health condition and adjustments (if required) at any time during the selection process.
If you receive an offer, we will give you the opportunity to share your disability and/or long term health condition with us should you want to. 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 and / or workplace adjustments in place 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 Ability EY Employee Network was named the outstanding employee network of the year in 2012 at the European Diversity Awards continues to run events on topics such as stammering and mental health and encourages leaders in the business to share their personal experiences. Please visit this website to learn more about Ability EY and hear why recruiting those with disabilities is core to our strategy - http://www.greatwithdisability.com/organisation/ey
Student programs at EY
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. See what opportunities are available to you whether you are at University or at school or college. You can also check with your university or school/college 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.
What are the dates of the internships available?
Summer Internship scheme 1: 6 weeks commencing at the beginning of July
Summer Internship scheme 2: 4 weeks commencing in early August
Industrial Placement programme: 12 months commencing at the end of July
What are the dates of the Work Experience programme? (For Year 12/5th Years)
Work experience programme: 1 week commencing at the end of July
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.
Will I be offered a graduate role after completing an internship?
If your internship goes well, there’s a good chance you’ll be offered a graduate position within the team you’ve been working for.
Will I be offered a School Leaver role after completing the work experience program?
If your work experience week goes well you’ll be fast-tracked to the final stages in the recruitment process for the EY Business Apprenticeship program. What is the International Intern Leadership
What is the International Intern Leadership Conference (IILC)?
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 3,000 participants from all over the world.
The IILC gives interns the opportunity to meet our global leadership and learn about our vision and strategy for EY. The conference is by invitation and only students from internship programmes are selected to attend the event. It’s 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.
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 EY and You (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.
Developing your career at EY
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 fulfil them.
What kind of training can I expect from EY?
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.
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.
Life at EY
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 when 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?
At EY we are committed to bringing together the right candidates to create the high performing teams that provide our clients with the exceptional service they expect. We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, abilities and experiences, creating a rich and diverse culture here at EY – one that can help you learn, develop and shape your career. See how we are making this happen at EY
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. And we’ve been prolific in publishing papers which deal with the issues women face in business and the workplace, to try and speed up gender parity.
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 behaviours. 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.
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