What is EY Reconnect?
It’s a 12-week programme for anyone who’s taken a career break between two and 10 years, and it’s a fully supported opportunity for you to reconnect with your previous experience while applying the skills you’ve learned while you’ve been away. You’ll benefit from specialised inductions and coaching as part of a peer group of fellow returners within EY.
We have regular start dates for the programme but, if they don’t work for you, we’re happy to discuss a more flexible arrangement at interview stage. For example, many previous participants felt they reconnected with their professional lives more quickly in a full-time programme, but then continued with us part-time in permanent roles.
You’ll join client teams in one of our many offices around the UK and in one of these business areas:
– People Services
Between the level of support from us and the peer group you’ll be part of; the invigorating challenges you’ll be given; and the diverse environment of belonging you’ll experience, you can feel the Reconnect effect too.
What background and experience do you need?
EY Reconnect is for people who’ve worked at manager level or above in professional services, but it’s also open to anyone from related industries including consultancy, financial services, and technology.
It’s about more than just your technical experience, though. EY Reconnect is an opportunity to join an inclusive and diverse workplace where we encourage creativity and flexibility. It’s not just something we talk about – the skills you’ve acquired from your career break will be celebrated and valued as much as those from your professional CV.
We’ve been running EY Reconnect for four years and there are already many talented people who’ve come through the programme from different backgrounds and are now thriving in our business.
We also pride ourselves on being one of the UK’s most inclusive working cultures. Our recent accreditations include Sunday Times Top 25 Best Big Companies, Times Top 50 Employers for Women, Top 10 Employers for Working Families, Stonewall Top Employer, and Business in the Community’s Best Employers for Race.
We also have a range of well-established, thriving employee networks across the business, and are recognised as a Mental Health First Aid Champion and a Social Mobility Champion.
What do others say about it?
“A great thing about the programme was that a group of us returned to work together. To have that support network and be surrounded by people who understood what we were going through was a huge advantage. I never felt like an outsider.” – Louise. Manager, Financial Services Advisory
“Raising kids did wonders for my negotiation skills, and now I’m more effective at work. EY really understand how people develop away from the workplace as well as when they’re in it.” – Kemi. Manager, Financial Services Transactions
“I realised that I don’t want to just go to work every day for a job, I want a professional career. And I wouldn’t have been able to do that without an initiative like EY’s Reconnect programme.” – Rosemary. Career returner and former EY Reconnect alumnus