Introduction

Have you considered a career in audit?

Your innate curiosity and analytical mindset are needed in the world of audit. A career at EY can provide a unique path for a curious mind such as yours. Our graduates are encouraged to build a future around their interests, while applying technical experiences from their STEM degree. If you’ve always asked questions about the way things work, it might be time to discover a career you haven’t considered.

Building a better working world.

The impact of audit can be felt by people and society all around the world. A quality audit inspires confidence in businesses, which helps to attract investment and drive growth. In turn, this helps to raise industry standards and change the world in which we live. At EY, we apply an innovative lens to the organizations we audit. We pride ourselves on asking better questions, which lead to better audits and result in a better working world.

Purpose

The ripple effect of a quality audit

People

Meet our auditors

Nicolas, Audit

Paris, France - Mathematics & Computer Science

What did you know about EY prior to going to university?

Before university, I only knew that EY was one of the biggest organizations in audit and advisory.

What career were you considering when you were at university?

Finance and strategy (such as audit, transaction services, M&A and strategy consulting), mainly for the understanding of complex issues and problem-solving. I enjoy data analysis and consulting because it combines business and technical features.

What have been the highlights of your time at EY?

My six-month move to Santiago, Chile, very early in my career. This improved my understanding of financial accounting, while also allowing me to discover a new culture and learn a new language. I’ve also enjoyed the level of responsibility I’ve been given. After just one year at EY, I was put in charge of an audit assignment in Africa for a major client in the oil and gas sector.

How can other STEM students prepare for a career at EY?

I’d recommend contacting as many former STEM students as possible to try and understand what their day-to-day job involves. Take both technical and business modules at university in order to focus on an industry with the necessary background. Finally, read EY publications, articles and the website to understand the EY structure, career paths and strategy.

How are you helping to build a better working world through your work?

I’m helping our clients to improve their processes and make the right financial and accounting moves. I’m also advising investors and companies to orientate their business, and helping them make the right decisions.

Linda, Audit

London, UK - BEng Civil Engineering

What did you know about EY prior to going to university?

Before university, I admit that I didn’t know what EY was. Opting to study civil engineering at university led me to research engineering companies instead of those in other industries.

What career were you considering when you were at university?

Initially, I was considering civil engineering as a career. However, after studying the subject and undertaking civil engineering internships in the holidays, I realized it wasn’t able to provide me with the overall business knowledge that I was seeking. I was also looking to keep my options open, which was something that accounting was able to offer me.

What have been the highlights of your time at EY?

There are a lot to choose from. First, the number of friends that I have been able to make through the firm. Second, becoming exam qualified. As of December 2016, I have passed all of the exams required as part of the Chartered Accountant qualification. This will open up many more opportunities to me in the future. Third, the working environment that I am in. The people I work with and the professional environment have been fundamental to me enjoying my time at EY so far.

How can other STEM students prepare for a career at EY?

I would recommend researching the company on the internet, looking at the EY website, and understanding more about what the firm has to offer. EY doesn’t require specific prior knowledge; therefore, an accounting background is not always expected or required – I speak from experience! If you’re fortunate enough to be offered a position at EY, then look forward to the opportunities that come along.

How are you helping to build a better working world through your work?

I aim to be a friendly approachable person, which allows me to challenge people and ask the tough questions, while still maintaining a good rapport. I also coach new joiners to the best of my ability, which helps them in their own development.

Ingrid, Audit

Dubai, UAE - Computer and communications Engineering

What did you know about EY prior to going to university?

I knew that EY was one of the big four professional services organizations. I also knew that EY was ranked as one of the best employers in the world in 2015–16, which encouraged me to apply for a role here.

What ​career were you considering when you were at university?

I was interested in both an engineering career and a career in business development or strategy. As an engineer, I felt like I could choose to remain within my area or explore a little further afield. Having an engineering career was never out of the question, but I preferred the opportunity offered by EY.

What have been the highlights of your time at EY?

In my short time at EY, there hasn’t been a day where I haven’t learned something new. I am now able to read numbers in a different way, which is very important, as I don’t restrict myself to one point of view. I’ve learned new ways of looking at tasks without losing my own perspective.

How can other STEM students prepare for a career at EY?

Just do what you do best. If, like me, you are an engineer, then be an engineer. Apply critical thinking, always seek to learn more and challenge yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

How are you helping to build a better working world through your work?

By taking a leap of faith and experiencing something new. For me, this is the first step toward building a better working world. By being part of this program, I’m adding value through my different background.

Purpose

The changing art of audit

EY Assurance is setting the pace when it comes to the auditing industry. We are innovating the world of audit to adapt to a truly global marketplace centered on digital innovation. With leading-edge audit technology, advanced analytics and a passion for innovation, a quality EY audit hinges on our experienced professionals with the right future-forward skills to execute in an evolving business world

Ultimately, auditing in today's world is both a science and an art. Improved business insight provides the ability to ask better questions about a business. The rapid expansion of existing and new technologies means any organization can uncover potential consumers and encounter unexpected competition. By examining larger populations of data, we can uncover patterns in a way never seen before in audit. Clients and, ultimately, their wider stakeholders will be given more visibility over how the business works, because auditors can provide stronger and deeper insights. This will deliver greater value to the users of financial statements.

At EY, our purpose is to build a better working world. This means creating confidence in capital markets and considering what is impactful to our clients and communities as part of our contribution to society. We also develop outstanding leaders who work in teams to provide excellent services to all of our stakeholders – a commitment that starts with welcoming STEM graduates who are embarking on the early stages of their careers. In so doing, we can play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, our clients and our communities.

For more information, visit: EY.com/theartofaudit

Felice Persico

Global Vice Chair - Assurance at EY

People

EY People Story

Purpose

The ripple effect of a quality audit

People

Meet our auditors

Nicolas, Audit

Paris, France - Mathematics & Computer Science

What did you know about EY prior to going to university?

Before university, I only knew that EY was one of the biggest organizations in audit and advisory.

What career were you considering when you were at university?

Finance and strategy (such as audit, transaction services, M&A and strategy consulting), mainly for the understanding of complex issues and problem-solving. I enjoy data analysis and consulting because it combines business and technical features.

What have been the highlights of your time at EY?

My six-month move to Santiago, Chile, very early in my career. This improved my understanding of financial accounting, while also allowing me to discover a new culture and learn a new language. I’ve also enjoyed the level of responsibility I’ve been given. After just one year at EY, I was put in charge of an audit assignment in Africa for a major client in the oil and gas sector.

How can other STEM students prepare for a career at EY?

I’d recommend contacting as many former STEM students as possible to try and understand what their day-to-day job involves. Take both technical and business modules at university in order to focus on an industry with the necessary background. Finally, read EY publications, articles and the website to understand the EY structure, career paths and strategy.

How are you helping to build a better working world through your work?

I’m helping our clients to improve their processes and make the right financial and accounting moves. I’m also advising investors and companies to orientate their business, and helping them make the right decisions.

Linda, Audit

London, UK - BEng Civil Engineering

What did you know about EY prior to going to university?

Before university, I admit that I didn’t know what EY was. Opting to study civil engineering at university led me to research engineering companies instead of those in other industries.

What career were you considering when you were at university?

Initially, I was considering civil engineering as a career. However, after studying the subject and undertaking civil engineering internships in the holidays, I realized it wasn’t able to provide me with the overall business knowledge that I was seeking. I was also looking to keep my options open, which was something that accounting was able to offer me.

What have been the highlights of your time at EY?

There are a lot to choose from. First, the number of friends that I have been able to make through the firm. Second, becoming exam qualified. As of December 2016, I have passed all of the exams required as part of the Chartered Accountant qualification. This will open up many more opportunities to me in the future. Third, the working environment that I am in. The people I work with and the professional environment have been fundamental to me enjoying my time at EY so far.

How can other STEM students prepare for a career at EY?

I would recommend researching the company on the internet, looking at the EY website, and understanding more about what the firm has to offer. EY doesn’t require specific prior knowledge; therefore, an accounting background is not always expected or required – I speak from experience! If you’re fortunate enough to be offered a position at EY, then look forward to the opportunities that come along.

How are you helping to build a better working world through your work?

I aim to be a friendly approachable person, which allows me to challenge people and ask the tough questions, while still maintaining a good rapport. I also coach new joiners to the best of my ability, which helps them in their own development.

Ingrid, Audit

Dubai, UAE - Computer and communications Engineering

What did you know about EY prior to going to university?

I knew that EY was one of the big four professional services organizations. I also knew that EY was ranked as one of the best employers in the world in 2015–16, which encouraged me to apply for a role here.

What ​career were you considering when you were at university?

I was interested in both an engineering career and a career in business development or strategy. As an engineer, I felt like I could choose to remain within my area or explore a little further afield. Having an engineering career was never out of the question, but I preferred the opportunity offered by EY.

What have been the highlights of your time at EY?

In my short time at EY, there hasn’t been a day where I haven’t learned something new. I am now able to read numbers in a different way, which is very important, as I don’t restrict myself to one point of view. I’ve learned new ways of looking at tasks without losing my own perspective.

How can other STEM students prepare for a career at EY?

Just do what you do best. If, like me, you are an engineer, then be an engineer. Apply critical thinking, always seek to learn more and challenge yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

How are you helping to build a better working world through your work?

By taking a leap of faith and experiencing something new. For me, this is the first step toward building a better working world. By being part of this program, I’m adding value through my different background.

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