I’m in the process of applying for graduate jobs in consulting and I came across this new programme at E&Y and am not too sure what to make of it. Its in their Financial Services practice and is called the “business advisory programme”. The website describes the responsibilities of graduates, should they make it onto the programme:
“Over the course of the 18-month Programme, you will get the opportunity to work on projects in areas such as risk, regulatory, programme assurance and financial management and control. You aren't expected to be an expert in all of these fields but, by the very nature of the role, you will be immersed in the detail of the day-to-day work of the industry and will in time develop an in-depth understanding of it. The complementary training and your own drive and ambition will allow you to take a more proactive and pivotal role as you gain confidence. We don’t expect you to lead a project from day one, but we expect that you will be setting your sights on doing so in the near future.
The people that you work with will be key; they will hold the experience and information that will inform your business decisions. You will learn from the best and by watching them, begin to understand why the Financial Services practice is developing as rapidly as it is.”
An excerpt from the training & development section reads:
“The Programme starts with a six-week intensive induction. In these six challenging weeks you will learn the core advisory skills from report writing and facilitation, to knowledge management. At the same time our specialists will teach you the technical aspects of the various sectors and types of projects we are involved in. At the end of the induction you will have gained a solid basis on which to start work. And that’s exactly what you’ll do – immediately join a team to begin work on a client project.
Over the course of the next 16 months you will be involved in a number of different client projects, interspersed with intensive training courses that include more industry training, advanced technical skills and further advisory skills development. You will be assessed at every step because we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best possible advice at every level. As an FS Business Advisor you are expected to embody this level of professionalism and expertise from the beginning”
Forgive me if I am being ignorant, but does this programme count as consulting? And if it does then would I be right in assuming that it is very different from strategy consulting? What do you think the career prospects would be for someone who completes this business advisory programme?
Thanks in advance for your time and help,