Maelle joined EY on a Summer Internship and tells us about her role and experiences so far.
Why did you join EY Channel Islands (CI)?
After not knowing what to do when I graduated, I applied for the EY Summer Internship in my second year of University. The internship gave me strong insights into what a career in assurance could look like for me. This included on the job experience, work shadowing a senior manager and training in areas such as basic accounting, presentation skills and soft skills for example personal branding, team building exercises and networking. I was also able to discover the overall atmosphere of the firm, being invited to Guernsey for a networking event, joining after work drinks and going to the annual summer event. I enjoyed gaining experience in assurance and getting to know various EY employees, and also loved the firm’s culture. The experience convinced me to apply for a permanent position.
I was also attracted to EY due to the reputation of the firm and the vast travel opportunities available, including secondment opportunities abroad all around the world. For instance, some of the friends I have made at EY have been lucky enough to go on secondments to places like New Zealand and Switzerland!
Working at EY CI, what opportunities have you been exposed to?
Working in Jersey means I’m exposed to more varied work. I’m able to work on audit engagements for banks, insurance companies, trading companies, investment companies and funds to name a few, which makes the job even more interesting. This variety is definitely an advantage of working in a smaller office. In addition, in the Channel Islands you are given more responsibility earlier on in your career, allowing you to realise your potential and progress quickly up the firm.
Another advantage is the regular contact I am able to have with more senior members of management. I am fortunate to have contact with partners regularly. The oversight and training from partners and other senior management has allowed me to take on more senior responsibilities such as managing engagements from planning to execution earlier in my career than I would have expected. I’m also able to obtain valuable feedback from senior management, which has helped me to develop. EY has supported me in developing my strengths, which has advanced my career progression.
At EY, there’s more to work than just assurance engagements. Our office is diverse and there are plenty of events and activities on throughout the year as well as opportunities to be involved in other areas of the business. I am on both the Social Club and the Health and Wellbeing Committees which means I help organise office wide events including a Black Tie event, annual charity events such as Dragon Boat racing and the Macmillan Rowathon, the Jersey Marathon Relay, office massage and yoga sessions and after work drinks. Furthermore, I’ve helped our talent team with interviewing potential new joiners for the firm and read to children at a local school once a month as part of my volunteering hours.
I'm studying for my professional chartered accountancy exams with ICAS. The qualification allows me to study in blocks of around 5 weeks at a time, taking my exams in the final week. This allows me to focus solely on my studying and not work at the same time. Assurance training is also provided on a regular basis. So far, I have been on training in both London and Amsterdam, allowing me to meet other members of EY within the EMEIA network and help develop my audit knowledge.
Once I qualify as a chartered accountant I hope to take advantage of the many mobility opportunities available, such as a possible secondment to Australia.
How was it coming into the office as a new joiner?
I was impressed with the on-boarding process. Following my interview, I was able to start with EY on a date that worked for me, right after I graduated from University. I settled in quickly as everyone in the office is friendly and really makes an effort to getting to know you. The sports and social club events at EY also made it easier for me to get involved in other activities such as netball, running and quarterly dinners to name a few, which helped me to get to know my colleagues a lot better.
If someone asked you whether they should apply for a role at EY in the CI, would you recommend they do, and why?
Yes, I’d recommend anyone interested in assurance or tax to apply to EY in the Channel Islands.
Joining EY in the Channel Islands means that you are a part of the global network from the outset, working with colleagues from around the world to bring the best skills and knowledge to our local clients and engagements. We have a diverse client portfolio in the Channel Islands, with global networking opportunities and exposure to an international offshore financial centre within a high performing culture. Both Jersey and Guernsey are beautiful places to live. There’s a lot more to do than you’d expect from living on an island, with the added bonuses of the beach on your doorstep and a tiny commute compared to living in a big city.