I worked primarily in personal tax, doing self-assessments for clients. I also had a short spell in corporate tax and VAT.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed pretty much every aspect of my internship. All members of staff were very nice to me and offered to help me through my internship. I got great support from staff when doing my micro-tyco challenge.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Staff encourage me to think on my feet and to have a guess on how to do things before telling me I either was correct or wrong. If I was wrong they made sure I understood why.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was quickly left to work by myself which I enjoyed as it should they had confidence in me. This made me have to think independently to solve scenarios, all my work was checked and I then got guidance on where I went wrong.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was always had work on my desk to do, and on the rare occasion I didn't I was passed on to other staff members to learn about other areas of tax which was great. The last two days I didn't have a lot of work which was due to it being a quiet period.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility from first day, which I really enjoyed as it made me feel valued.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
During the internship I had multiple task running at the same time so it has helped me with multi-tasking and prioritising my tasks. I believe it has improved my general english skills as I typed up multiple letters and emails. I also believe I improved as a human being as I know have a greater appreciation as to what it takes to be successful and that it is still important to give back to your local community.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone knew each other which was great. On the first day I was taken round the office by a graduate and introduced to everyone in office, people regularly said hi to me as they passed and asked how I was getting on.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
You could tell that they have done this before, but it did not feel like I was just another person just passing through. Everything felt tailored to me which helped everything flow better.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
BDO invested a lot of time and money in to over the 6 weeks, as everyone from graduates to the partners took time out to get to know me and assist me if needed. BDO also arranged for trips to Birmingham and London to allow me get some basic training with UK based interns. It was great to meet these people, everyone had a different background and hopefully I will be able to call these people colleges in the near future.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have accepted their offer for a graduate role, so hopefully come next year I can continue from where I left. The graduate role offers everything I could hope, BDO will put me through ICAS exams which is my first choice.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a great atmosphere in London and Birmingham. BDO ran multiple ice breakers and evening events to allow all the interns to mix not only with each other but also with more senior staff members. BDO ran an office quiz between the Glasgow and Edinburgh offices one evening which had some very tricky questions. I think I might need to watch some more tv to prepare for the next one.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I am from Glasgow so the prices there are what I am used to. Birmingham was a little dearer but the majority of events were covered fully. London was very expensive however BDO did cover the cost of the event and did set up an initial tab.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The Glasgow nightlife is always a laugh, however I did not get to enjoy it with any Glasgow employees due to personal commitments which was unfortunate. In Birmingham and London we were there doing the week so unfortunately clubbing was not the best option, as work started at 9am.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, BDO organised a 5-a-side football competition in Liverpool open to all UK employees. I was asked to play for the Glasgow team but due to a ankle ligament injury I was unable to play.