By Sean Wong
This July/August, I had the opportunity to participate in an internship program through Wits Business School and Ernst & Young.
Ernst & Young being one of the big 4 auditing firms, was ranked this year amongst the top 5 employers to work for in South Africa. Conveniently located across from the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, the head office is ultra-modern, sparkly-clean and open-plan design along with purdy little fountains. The concept of ‘hot-desking’ and wired hot-spots, means the new, mobile worker able to plug in at any point is utilized. Ernst & Young have succeeded in creating an environment where people are always willing to reasonably lend a hand; all you need to do is ask.
My internship was structured around 2 months, with rotation being done every 2 weeks to expose us to as many service lines as possible within our time there. The tasks that I was presented, I did them the best as I could and attempted as much as possible to go overkill on them, and even though I sometimes got it hopelessly wrong, the effort was noticed and gradually more challenging tasks came my way, even as I changed divisions.
Involvement such as this is encouraged and monthly socials, as well as special occasions such as Women’s day breakfast are celebrated. Friendly inter-departmental action cricket is also organized with the IT Geeks/RAS boys taking out the Auditing teams in recent times. Two Months is a very short time but I was glad to have had a positive enough experience to target a permanent post there. Now just to get through those psychometric tests…
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