My EY Leadership Academy Experience

My name is Elizabeth and I am a second year Chemistry student at the University of Warwick. I am heavily involved in several societies such as: the Black Women’s Project, African-Caribbean Society, Hip-Hop Society and Salsa Society. I felt that it was apt to name this blog my experience, because as much as it is facilitated by EY, at the end of the day, the experience lies with you. You have to make it memorable, push yourself to take risks and question everything you know about yourself to truly enjoy this Academy.

My first encounters of EY were from a really good friend of mine who is currently an EY School Leaver. She offered volumes of insightful experiences to share with me, despite her short time working at EY. At that moment, it occurred to me to research the company to see if they had any opportunities more tailored to me. My goal, at the time, was to learn more about the company in the most interesting way possible, and as soon as I read the description for Leadership Academy, I was intrigued. People had said they’d learnt more about themselves in the course than they had ever before, that it had made them question the kind of leader they are, and in hindsight this is all completely true. It was their accounts, plus further information given through a charity called SEO, that I am a part of, that drove me to apply.

This programme has honestly allowed me to identify my strengths and weaknesses, work better in a team and better lead a team.

Okay so applications. A real strength of the EY recruitment team, is keeping you informed throughout all the application process. The application form was very easy to complete, and then I took some online tests. After being successful in these stages, I had a telephone interview. The telephone interview was one of the best I have ever had. I spoke to Amy and we had a conversation, finding middle ground in the fact that we had both worked part time at Office Shoes, a random shared experience. She made it so easy to talk about my experiences as a leader and allowed me to ask her questions about how she valued the company, it definitely felt more like a conversation than an interview.

I was so happy when I heard I had been successful across all stages. I loved the experience so much I wish I could do it again, I met several amazing people, both students and EY staff, and I learnt what I value in a team, as an individual and as a leader.

This programme has honestly allowed me to identify my strengths and weaknesses, work better in a team and better lead a team. My experience with EY is set to carry on as I was able to secure a place on a Summer Internship at EY, and so my story continues.

To find out more about Leadership Academy go here