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Oliver B wrote:

Hi there,

Good to know about the internships! as an intern what sort of day to day tasks would it involve ?

Hi Oliver, this depends on the part of our business that you start your career in. You are treated as an EY person so you'll be out working at clients in a team helping with an audit or working on a project to help a business. You may be researching tax legislation and providing your recommendation on a particular tax issue that one of our clients is facing. The work is very varied.

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Taine L wrote:

Hi EY, 

Do you hire people with Engineering and IT backgrounds? 

We definitely do - our Advisory and Transaction Advisory teams recruit students from both these backgrounds.

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Jamol B wrote:

Can you work for the legal department of EY if you want to study law, or is this completely seperate to the accounting parts?

Great question Jamol! We recruit students studying law into our Assurance, Advisory and Tax service lines. We also recruit law graduates into EY Law which is a growing part of our business in New Zealand. They have over 1800 legal specialists in 70 countries. Our lawyers have years of experience in their practice areas and in various markets and industries and tailor their advice to our clients business needs.

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Jump online to ask EY a question between 12:45-1:30pm TODAY! 

Edited by Maddy G June 23, 2016 08:58
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Hi everyone,

Jacqui's here from EY and ready to answer any questions!

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Hi Jacqui

Is it quite competitive working at EY? how easy is it to progress/be promoted etc

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Hi EY, 

Can you please tell me what a career with EY would look like 5 years in if I start as a grad? i.e. what opportunities will I be exposed to? 

Thanks 

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What unis do you hire most of your grads from? is there a particular un that you think best prepares people for working in professional services firms?

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Kirsty N wrote:

Hi Jacqui

Is it quite competitive working at EY? how easy is it to progress/be promoted etc

Hi Kirsty, at EY you'll have a counsellor and their role is to support you with your career (this maybe finding opportunities or experiences for you or training). As long as you are meeting the requirements of your role then you'll certainly be on the way to being progressed and promoted. EY offer lots of training along the way and when you reach milestones in your career like becoming a manager you'll attend a New Manager course or when you start running projects and looking after a team you'll attend a delegation workshop.

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Hi EY, 

Do you have a mentoring system or anything? I know a few companies offer it and I really like the sound of it. 

Thanks :) 

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Hi, how long is the grad programme? and what happens when it is complete?

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Jason L wrote:

Hi EY, 

Can you please tell me what a career with EY would look like 5 years in if I start as a grad? i.e. what opportunities will I be exposed to? 

Thanks 

Thanks for your question Jason! Five years into your career you would have had some amazing experiences and opportunities - every part of our business has a learning map that you'll be following. So along the way you'll have experienced and gained skills like business writing, delegating, time management, team management, particular systems training, project management, proposal writing to name a few. You'll also be able to undertake external qualifications along the way. You would have worked on great clients and have formed amazing relationships with your peers as well.

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Luke M wrote:

What unis do you hire most of your grads from? is there a particular un that you think best prepares people for working in professional services firms?

Hi Luke, we recruit graduates and interns to join us from all universities across New Zealand - Auckland, AUT, Massey, Waikato, Victoria, Canterbury, Lincoln, Unitec and Otago. My advice would be find out what you are interested in and are looking to study and then visit those universities that offer those degrees to find out which suits you best. Good luck!

Edited by Jacqui M June 23, 2016 13:13
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Hi jacqui, I was wondering what is the social culture at EY like?

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Barret H wrote:

Hi EY, 

Do you have a mentoring system or anything? I know a few companies offer it and I really like the sound of it. 

Thanks :) 

Yes we do have a mentoring programme. At EY we call it  Counselling@EY and everyone from our partners to our interns has a counsellor. You can find out information on the support you'll receive at EY here: http://www.ey.com/NZ/en/Careers/Students/Your-development/Students---Your-development#fragment-3-na

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Lindsay P wrote:

Hi, how long is the grad programme? and what happens when it is complete?

Hi Lindsay, our graduate programme lasts for approximate one year - you start as a graduate on your first day and when you progress to the next level you've come off the programme. We offer permanent contracts to all our graduates when we recruit them. Hope that helps!

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Hi Jacqui,

What kind of info would I put in my CV and cover letter that would appeal to EY?

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Jono W wrote:

Hi jacqui, I was wondering what is the social culture at EY like?

Really great! We have an active social club in all our offices and they are always arranging different activities. The last one in Auckland was preparing and cooking a dish that everyone then sat down and ate. Our offices also have regular networking events and tomorrow we are celebrating Matariki, our people participate in activities like Round the Bays, Relay for Life etc. The teams have regular get togethers. The offices are set up so there is lots of space for collaborating and we even has a snooker table in one of the lunch roooms! When you start as a graduate or intern you'll find that you make amazing friends with your peers.

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Robert E wrote:

Hi Jacqui,

What kind of info would I put in my CV and cover letter that would appeal to EY?

Great question Robert! The most important thing is not to leave anything out...we find that students make the decision not to put things like being involved in clubs, work experience etc they might have had as they think it's not relevant. We really want to get to know you as a person! The standard things like personal details, education, work experience, club/societies/teams you may have been involved in, prize/awards we would be looking for. I would encourage you to use the careers teams at the university as well as they'll give you some great advice too.

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