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Johnny Hopwood

Associate.  EY 

Age 19

Education I joined EY’s associate training program straight from Victoria College, as an alternative to university.

A-levels I studied Maths, Economics and Design & Technology

What did you want to be when you were 8 years old?

A pilot

Favourite way to relax 

Surfing or a BBQ on the beach 

Favourite place to eat in Jersey

Wally’s Chippy or El Tico, for its nachos.

Favourite possession My Randalls Loyalty Card

What made you choose to work for EY?

I did work experience at EY when I was 16 as part of Project Trident. It gave me a great insight into the opportunities EY offers. I applied to other accountancy firms, and a few accepted me, but none had the same feeling that I experienced at EY, so here I am.

What professional training have you done?

I’ve just started my ACCA qualification.

What do you do on an average day?

My day begins with a morning walk to work, and I arrive at around 8:30 am. After checking my emails, I create a to-do list to keep me focused throughout the day. I then meet with my team to see if there are any updates, ask for help or pose questions. I may attend client meetings, assisted by more experienced team members, to gather information for the audit. In the evenings, I either play hockey or go to the gym with friends to stay active. With exams coming up, I spend some evenings studying.

What is your next step?

After completing my ACCA qualification, I plan to seek a one-year secondment to other offices within EY’s global network to experience a different culture and develop new skills.

What advice would you give yourself as a student considering the experience you have now?

I would emphasise the importance of organisational skills. Using my calendar to set reminders and creating to-do lists has helped keep me on track with deadlines. Even though it may seem like a small thing, being organised can make a big difference in achieving both personal and career goals. I’d also urge myself to get involved in more things to help meet new people, as EY has such a diverse office, and there are many different people to meet from all walks of life. 

About EY

At EY, we help organisations make better business, finance and technology decisions. In a fast-changing world, it’s an exciting place to be. If you have an appetite for innovation, creating growth and making a lasting impact, then EY is the place to begin your career. We have a number of opportunities for you to begin your career within our Assurance, Tax or Tech Risk teams. Whichever team you choose, you’ll feel at home from the start, and we’ll make sure you receive the first-class training, support and guidance you need to carry out impactful work with exciting clients, working with colleagues across the world.


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