Katrina EY Leadership Academy

Hi I’m Katrina and I am currently studying Economics at Exeter University. Last Spring I was lucky enough to secure a place on the EY Leadership Academy. And what an experience it was. I first decided to apply because of the opportunity to enhance my skills and strengths as well as the opportunity to network with professionals from the industry that I would love to work in.

If you are someone who is interested in developing themselves as a person whilst in a demanding and stimulating environment, then this is the programme for you. The application process is straightforward. You firstly have to fill out an online application form and complete online tests. You should do as many practice tests as you can and take them in a place where you know you will not be disturbed. If you are successful you will be put forward to a 30 minute telephone interview which will be focused on leadership and your strengths. My main tips for the telephone interview would be to know what EY do, have an idea of what service line you are interested in and why, and to know your strengths and weaknesses. There are tools on EY’s website to help you understand what your strengths are.

The residential programme was 4 days long located in leafy Surrey; a stunning surrounding. On arrival I was excited for the days and challenges to follow.

After getting to know my peers and the facilitators from EY, the programme was a whirlwind of workshops, activities and problem solving, whilst continuously learning how to influence, build relationships and lead others. I learnt a vast amount in such a short length of time as it was full of so many valuable new experiences. I learnt about the importance of setting goals and the importance of self and peer evaluation. There was a lot of focus on teamwork and I now know how to adapt in any team I am put into and how to get the best out of every team member, which has proved worthwhile to me already, as a committee member in my Hockey Club at university. 

I attended coaching sessions led by an EY facilitator throughout, helping me to gain an understanding of my strengths. At the end of the programme I was made aware of the opportunities that were available to me. As a result of attending the programme, I have secured a Summer Internship at EY for 2016, which demonstrates just one of the values of attending an insight programme. I feel privileged to have been a part of the programme and I would highly recommend the unforgettable experience.

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