This summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to intern at EY in Belfast for six weeks as a Performance Improvement Advisory Intern. I had wanted to work for EY since first year after attending a networking event and falling in love with their culture and values. I chose to apply to the Belfast office for a number of reasons. Firstly, I was originally born in Northern Ireland before moving to Brunei and then Cheshire. My Northern Irish Mother would take us on many happy family trips there throughout my childhood, so I was familiar with the area and witnessed first-hand its development and expansion since the troubles. Secondly, I had researched the Belfast’s office growth plans, in line with EY’s vision 2020, which creates exciting career opportunities that I was motivated to pursue. Thirdly, I was aware of the work-life balance the country has to offer. Excellent transport links means you can reach a mountain, beach, beautiful countryside or even cities like Dublin in a short amount of time. Not to mention the reviews on Belfast’s nightlife and world-renowned good “craic” the people have.
The internship started off with a trip to London for induction, where EY treated interns from across the UK offices to a stay in the Hilton and a three course evening meal. I really enjoyed meeting the other interns and learning more about the company and the opportunities available. On my first day in the Belfast office, my nerves were immediately overcome when I met my colleagues, who were so pleasant and made me feel really welcome. EY have a system where new starters are assigned a counsellor, who helps with your career development, and a buddy, who helps with navigating the office and getting settled into the job. Instantly, I realised why EY is recognised as the most ‘people-orientated’ company out of the big four.
I was the first PI Advisory summer intern at the EY Belfast office, so it was really exciting for both parties to try something new. Everyone made a real effort to help me get the most of the internship: explaining their role; giving me the responsibility to help with their projects; taking me to their client’s site; allowing me attend training days to understand programs like Microsoft Project; arranging meetings to help me learn more about opportunities like CSR activities; and inviting me to networking and social events. Overall, I assisted with five different consulting projects which were all so interesting and I learned so much from. Furthermore, I loved the diversity of the office, meeting people from all over the UK and Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and America.
Of course it wasn’t all hard work! I spent my Friday evenings sampling the local restaurants, pubs and bars with my colleagues, and explored the city and countryside during the weekend. I even managed to squeeze in a trip to Dublin!
Altogether, my summer internship at EY Belfast was an incredible experience and I loved every second of it. I can’t wait to return as a graduate to continue the adventure!
Events Manager 2016/17
Durham University Women in Business
EY Events This term:
14th October: Success at Selection Workshop
17th October: Student Networking Evening
18th October: Networking Brunch (https://www.facebook.com/events/1789671021321975/)
24th October: Personal Impact & First Impressions Workshop