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Charlotte Bannister

Assurance Industrial Placement Student

EY 

What does a typical working day involve for you? 

With the new hybrid flexible working model, I will either work in the office or from my laptop at home. I’ll start by checking my emails and checking in with my team and team leader to ask what tasks I can get started on that day, which can range from casting financial statements, reviewing files on our auditing software, or updating financial spreadsheets, to name a few!

How did you get your job? I posted on LinkedIn explaining that I was a university student studying Mathematical Sciences and I was looking for a year-long industrial placement to integrate into my degree. I received a comment from EY’s Channel Islands Student Recruitment Lead, so I reached out to her with a copy of my CV and a cover letter, which was followed up by a sequence of virtual interviews, and now here I am!

What motivates you in this role? 

The continuous learning and development opportunities EY has to offer. Being so early in my career, I am picking up new skills and developing a greater understanding of the role daily, which encourages me to continue learning! There’s also an exceptionally supportive and friendly work environment, so my colleagues really inspire me to keep working hard to reach my potential!

Are there any future skills you will need to learn for your role?As someone brand new to the role, I have countless skills I’m yet to learn! But once I have completed my university degree, I hope to return and enrol on EY’s Assurance Graduate Programme and begin a professional qualification, such as the ACCA or ICAS, to become a Qualified Accountant. 

What are the three most important skills required for your role? 
To really thrive, I’d say you need to be inquisitive, a team player and have a strong desire to learn. You’re going to get a lot of information thrown at you, so it’s super important you’re willing to pick it up and run with it! There is no such thing as a silly question!

What advice would you give someone interested in a career in your profession? 

For any undergraduates or students looking to pursue a career in finance, I would definitely recommend just getting stuck in and applying for EY’s Summer Internship to experience the role first-hand! There are countless opportunities available, so if you’re open-minded and willing to accept the challenge, your career will start to build itself!

Fun Fact: 

When I was in primary school, I was chosen to meet King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort, on their visit over to Jersey!

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