I learnt about all the departments in BDO. I also had workshops with internal and external providers on various topics e.g. career planning, wellbeing etc. I interacted with employees during organised lunches. I interacted with other participants in networking sessions and the social. Worked on a CSR project within a team.
We were given a timetable which had events on it. The events included a 1 hour lecture from each one of the departments (audit, tax, business and outsourcing, etc), with there being at least 1 representative from most (if not all) of the streams within that department. Other events included a dedicated networking session, lunch with staff, group presentation task and collaborative workshops. All of this took place on Microsoft teams and hopin.
I spoke with employees from all walks of life and from different panels. They showed us how the company works, and help us connect with the participants. They explained the different streams of the business and how we can get involved in the future. They gave us advice on how to improve ourselves and skills. They gave us great CV and career advice.
What was really enjoyable about the insight was the ability to talk to people who are currently working within BDO at the moment. This meant I was able to gather first hand experiences of what the working culture and values are at BDO. I learnt about the collaborative and inclusive culture at BDO and how this is portrayed in every project. Thus the insight was a great opportunity to learn not only about the operations of BDO but what real colleagues feel too.
It was an enjoyable and informative experience. We had time to even speak to senior colleagues during lunch time, such as assosciates, senior associates and managers if I remember correctly. This allowed us to get an understanding of how work is truly like as we were able to ask our questions and get a response from somebody experienced within the firm. Also we did get time to get to know and introduce one another so that made things more personalised and made everyone feel more comfortable.
I really enjoyed the insight week. It was a great opportunity to learn more about BDO, their values, and what exactly a role in Tax entails. I found the presentations on the Wednesday and Thursday very informative and were a great insight into the kind of work that a Tax employee caries out; I would say these presentations were the highlight of my week. I also thought the final interview was conducted well and I was made to feel at ease.
I have really enjoyed my time a BDO so far. I have learnt lots from basic business environment knowledge such as communication and improving my time management, to more accountancy specific topics to computer scripting and more. Everyone has been so kind and my colleagues are always actively trying to help if I ever get stuck, even while we have been working from home. The work we do is very interesting with lots of variety in the skills we have been learning.
My placement at BDO was without doubt the best thing I could have done before my 4th year at uni. It made me realise what I wanted to do and I also knew going into 4th year that as long as I got a specific grade I had a job at the end of it. It really took away any added stress of trying to find a job whilst going through 4th year. Additionally, the placement at BDO was really insightful, I actually participated in work that I would do as a grad and I was always kept busy by my colleagues. Additionally, I also got to go on numerous trips paid for by BDO including a trip to London for the annual football tournament. The internship was not only a good professional role but also was a great way to socialise.
Has been thoroughly enjoyable, colleagues have been great, work has kept me engaged and experience has been perfect for what I needed. I have been tested and have progressed since joining the company and hope to utilise what I have learnt when I apply the findings to examinations and work within the final year of university. So far in my placement I would say my excitement of joining has stayed consistent and there hasn't really been a dull day.
It wasn't something I had any experience in before, I'd done some basic accounting work experience but nothing proper. It takes a little getting used to, which is why there's the probation/settling in period of 6 months (9 months in the case of virtual/online), which really helps you settle in, whilst you're learning new things and getting better on each job. So far I'm still enjoying the placement as each job offers something new or different, and I feel like I'm getting better at each one. The virtual experience is obviously not as good as it would be in the office, there's no communication or office banter, so it can get quite lonely. Even with messaging or meetings, it's only really work based and not social based as with an office environment. So the work itself is quite good (If you like accounting, it can seem boring or monotonous to some people probably) - but you get offered the same jobs and work just as any other employee does, there's no dumbing down or 'making the tea', you do get involved.
I found the experience incredibly enjoyable. The week was set out well so that I had the chance to experience lots of different parts of BDO all within a short period of time. Everyone that I met during the week was very pleasant and happy to answer any questions that I had. The schedule was also not too full on and gave time for me to get used to how things were working. Overall I had a great time and really happy that I got the chance to complete it.
I enjoyed the insight day quite a lot, it gave a really good and broad introduction to what BDO does on a day to day basis. On the other hand I was very interested to explore the actuarial side of the company and unfortunately, the company decided not to bring anyone in this sector so I came away feeling like I hadn’t learnt much about the area I most wanted to explore so I was a bit upset about that.
I enjoyed it a lot because it was all online so I did it all from the comfort of my home. It was well organised and kept me interested throughout. It gave me a real insight of what it’s really like to work for the company and I found it very helpful and useful. Everything was easily accessible, which made it really straight forward to use and to follow the experience without actually being there.
The experience was extremely useful in gaining further insight into the financial sector and the roles within this industry. The experience allowed me to develop my current skills, whilst learning new ones. I particularly found the opportunity to meet fellow interns and work with them for a group presentation enjoyable. On top of this the experience allowed me to meet different people across the firm and ask any questions that I had about the roles or the firm.