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EY ranks No. 1 in Accounting for the 10th Consecutive Year on 2017 Universum US Talent Survey

New York, 27 April 2017

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For the tenth consecutive year, college students ranked Ernst & Young LLP No. 1 in accounting on the 2017 Universum US Talent Survey. The organization was also listed No. 8 among business majors—the highest ranked of the Big Four. More than 26,000 students at more than 350 leading universities participated in the 2017 survey, responding to questions about their career expectations and how they perceive organizations as employers. The recognition highlights Ernst & Young LLP’s continued reputation as a top employer of choice in the US.

“At EY, we make it a top priority to develop our people into purpose-driven and agile leaders from the first day they join us. We do this by instilling our core values into every aspect of their EY experience – starting with our recruitment process through the benefits and programs we offer to encourage professional and personal success,” said Carolyn Slaski, EY Americas Vice Chair of Talent. “Being named the most attractive professional services firm for the tenth consecutive year by students in the US is a testament to our talented recruiting professionals, targeted recruiting strategies, and our commitment to supporting the potential of all our people.”

Universum surveys students every year, asking them questions about their career expectations, how they perceive employers and what employers they would most like to work for. Students were asked to list 5 ideal employers based on criteria such as people and culture, reputation and image, job characteristics (e.g., variety of assignments, challenging work, flexibility), and monetary compensation and advancement. Being purpose-driven, work-life balance and job security were among students’ highest-priority judging criteria, and were among the characteristics that placed EY in the top position again this year.

“At EY, we are committed to recruiting talented individuals who can bring diverse experiences and backgrounds to our global teams and help us deliver innovative results for our clients,” said Dan Black, EY Americas Recruiting Leader. “This recognition also sheds light on how our EY campus recruiting team educates students about our organization and its culture, the array of career and mobility opportunities available, and how their personal passions can help us fulfill our purpose of building a better working world.”

EY firms offer many programs and initiatives that contribute to EY’s leading reputation on campuses for developing top talent. For example, The EY Student Loan Program offers solutions for repaying student loan debt, including an immediate $300 bonus and lower interest rate refinancing that saves money over the lifetime of the loan. The program is available to all Ernst & Young LLP professionals in the US and can be used for either undergraduate or graduate student loan debt. Currently, nearly 1,750 EY professionals are taking advantage of the benefit and realizing thousands of dollars in savings.

Additional EY campus recruiting programs include:

Emerging Leaders Summit (ELS) – This two-and-a-half day summit will be held June 21-23, 2017 in Washington, D.C., convening more than 275 students from across the Americas for presentations and workshops on a variety of topics as well as interactive case studies. The conference is hosted for students in their freshmen to junior years who have demonstrated leadership potential both academically and personally.

International Intern Leadership Conference – EY will host its signature International Intern Leadership Conference for the 21st consecutive year July 25-28, 2017, in Orlando, FL. This year the organization expects more than 3,500 interns to participate from 26 different countries. Interns participate in classroom learning, team building and experiential activities, and hear from senior EY leaders.

EY Academic Resource Center: The Ernst & Young Foundation has invested approximately $5M to-date into a virtual Academic Resource Center (EYARC). The EYARC’s mission is to support the development of free, university-level curriculum resources on leading-edge issues impacting the profession to prepare students for the fast-changing global marketplace. The resources for the EYARC are developed using an innovative, collaborative model whereby academics, retired EY professionals collaborating with active EY professionals bring the best in pedagogy and practice. The latest EYARC offering is focused on giving students real-world experiences with audit analytics in their classrooms. Access to the EYARC is available to any faculty from nonprofit institutions and resources are used on a global basis with users exceeding 1,500 currently.

EY Women in Technology Program – Businesses all over the world are increasingly recruiting STEM talent, including EY. But there are a significant lack of women in STEM fields and according to the Department of Commerce, women hold only 24% of all computer science jobs. EY’s Women in Technology conference is a 2-day program that brings high-performing female students together with a focus on emerging technologies and EY’s role in the future of these technologies. Participants hear from EY’s female technology leaders on topics such as disruption, purpose-led transformation and digital projects. In 2016, the conference drove a 75% offer extension rate and an 82% acceptance rate. This innovative program is completely planned and executed by EY campus recruiters, who have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the diversity of our business.

EY Natural Born-Solvers – This new recruiting program is a challenge-based tool that helps our campus recruiters not only identify potential campus recruits, but also introduce and further explain the roles and responsibilities within the auditing profession. By using different puzzles, questions and leveraging our current EY Assurance professionals, we take students through various challenges centered on three key audit topics: dealing with incomplete data, leveraging different perspectives, and ability to see the big picture. Launched in late 2016 across the US, this program has been held at more than 20 campuses, and will continue to be held throughout 2017, in order to attract future students into dynamic auditing careers.

Global Student Experience – Launched in 2011, this EY internship program offers overseas assignments for high-performing interns. Participants start their internship in the US and spend four weeks abroad at another EY member firm location within the organization’s global network, before returning to the US to complete their experience. Participants include both US students going abroad and international students coming to the US. The summer 2017 program will include more than 80 participants and 14 host countries (Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Paraguay, Portugal, the UK and the US).

Global New Horizons Program – The Global New Horizons Program is a three-month international rotation opportunity for professionals early in their EY careers. Its goal is to empower junior professionals to experience geographic mobility early in their careers and expand their global mindset. The Americas program links EY professionals and member firms so that they can team internationally on high-profile client engagements and/or contribute to emerging markets. The number of participants has tripled since the program's inception in 2011. This year, EY Americas firms were able to place and/or receive 52 professionals in 24 different host/source countries. In addition to Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Singapore, and the US, this will be the first year that Ireland, Luxembourg and Russia are participating in the Americas program.

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