Transcript – Jen
I did an internship with Ernst & Young at the end of the third year of university. I did six weeks and I really enjoyed it. Really good people, and they offered me a job as a graduate so I said yep, definitely happy to come back. And for my fourth year in uni there was also a lot of people looking for jobs that hadn’t done internships; so Ernst & Young have a primary team ambassador, which was myself, on my university campus at Glasgow, and I would set up events. Like we set up a bowling night where we got people along [to] bowl, we got managers, seniors from the Glasgow office to come along and socialise from different departments. There was Audit, TAS and Tax for people who were interested in different departments, and they just got to ask about it, and it was in a really fun atmosphere, so it was a really good night. It means you can actually see if this is what I want to do.
Like, it’s six weeks – it does give you a good kind of insight into the job, the people you would be working with, the work you’d be doing. I did enjoy it. There were others who did it and just thought, this isn’t for me, but it’s great to find that out in a six-week placement rather than if you’ve taken it as a graduate position. And it also means that in fourth year, when you’re doing your Honours exams, when you’re stressing out about that, you’re not having to try and look for a job. There’s a lot of people trying to study and go on job interviews, which is really stressful, whereas I was lucky enough to have a job at the beginning of my fourth year, which meant I could just concentrate on exams and know that I was going back to a job I enjoyed. So I would recommend it to anyone. It was definitely the best thing I did.