If you are planning on doing your internship in one of the big 4 accounting firms, you probably have a lot of questions about the expectations, work atmosphere, culture, and overall experience.
Internship at Ernst & Young accounting firm
In this blog, I will share with you my personal experience as a former intern at Ernst & Young and hopefully, this could answer some of the questions you have about the internship experience.
When I entered the firm as an audit intern, I honestly did not know what to expect. I did not have a lot of skills in audit and accounting, but the on-the-job training and hands-on learning has definitely helped me grow my skills.
Before you start the internship, there will also be general training. It is like a week-long orientation where they will introduce all the software’s that the firm uses and they will teach you different ways on how to perform and plan the audit, how to find evidence, etc.
Of course, the learning process intensifies as you dive deeper into the internship program. I would say that the internship is the easiest part of your career journey because everyone treats you so well. We also had a lot of happy hours, tons of events, free food, and gifts!
Perhaps if there is one thing that I would like for you to keep in mind, it’s that don’t worry that much about stepping into the internship. Remember, there is a reason why they’re accepting you as their intern and by accepting you as their intern they know that you’re capable of doing your job.
What accounting firms expect from internees?
Truthfully, the thing is, as an intern they don’t expect that much of you and they mostly give you the simplest tasks. Unlike with regular employees, committing mistakes as an intern is not really that much of a big deal, but, of course, this should not be an excuse for you not to do your best. What I would recommend is just be proactive. Do not hesitate to ask your manager or supervisor if there is anything else that you can help them with. Even if it’s printing a document, photocopying, or anything that you can do to help them make their workload lighter.
At the end of the day, do not forget that your performance all throughout the internship period will be evaluated. While you cannot really, please everybody and misunderstanding between parties can sometimes be inevitable, all you have to do is to deal with the issue the best way you can.
While you’re doing the internship, you will pretty much have an idea if it’s the kind of work culture that you want to get involved in for the long term. As I said, the internship should be the easiest part of your career journey, so if you’re feeling too stressed out during the internship period, you might want to reconsider if the audit is really for you and if it’s not, that is totally okay. What is more important is you do what you actually enjoy and passionate about.
I learned a lot from my internship. Now as a professional wealth coach I can see how much that internship played a part in my professional life. You can read more about me or how I work as a wealth coach as well as how I manage my other 17 streams of income.
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