I’m working in Transaction Advisory Services, in the Restructuring department. We work with companies doing work such as helping make their debts more manageable, forecasting their future cash flows and giving detailed financial analyses of their business. I support my managers in delivering these services to our clients. I found out about the job opportunity at an EY Insight day celebrating National Careers week. Another school leaver who works in my department let me know about Restructuring and that there was a place available on the School Leaver programme. I was already keen on the School Leaver programme since I wanted to get straight into work, earning and gaining experience that I knew I wouldn’t get if I went to university. Going to the Insight event helped me get some clarity on what each of the service lines do so I could choose where to apply. In my department there are two teams which do slightly different work. As a school leaver you will spend a year in each team before you choose which one you would like to work in going forward. There are also opportunities to work on a range of different jobs throughout your time in each department. This helps broaden your experiences and skillset, putting you in a really good position for future career development. Working at a Big 4 firm, sometimes I do get quite busy, but I recognise that it’s important to maintain a balance and I like that EY are flexible. One of the ways EY helps you work flexibly is through working from home, for example if you have a doctor’s appointment which can’t be rescheduled it’s convenient to be closer to home during that time. If I have free time after work I like to meet up with colleagues or friends, some of whom who are at university in London. Working in London means there is always something to do in the evenings if I want to. At the weekends I enjoy going to my local track at home and doing sprint training with the running club I have been with since sixth form. EY is great at promoting a people friendly culture. Not only have I had support from my managers in my work, I have also had exposure to the directors, partners and more senior people in my team. This has been really beneficial as it has helped me to settle into the firm and feel more a part of our work here.