1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Good experience, everyone thoughtout office was very friendly and supportive. Learnt a great deal about the the industry and the firm and felt very involved throughout.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Opportunities to engage with colleagues at different levels of the firm. Treated with respect.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Plenty of support thanks to a buddy and council manager system in place. Weekly meeting to discuss progress and Amy concerns.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On some occasions I could have been given a little more work, but summer months do tend to be less busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Developed important transferable skills throughout. Formed good relationships with colleagues and other interns.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere was very friendly and welcoming, I would regularly chat to colleagues from different departments and it was generally quite a relaxed office.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Good organisation throughout especially the first week in Birmingham and the final week in London. During the weeks at my chosen office, on occasions there could have been more work organised to complete.
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 resources into training and development. During the first week there were four days of tax training to give an insight into the type of work undertaken by a tax adviser. Throughout the internship there were weekly meetings with an assigned 'buddy' and counselling manager to discuss progress and development points.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing employment prospects, the opportunity to undertake a professional qualification while working at a highly reputable firm. It was clear from the graduates that I was working alongside that there is plenty of support during exams and a positive atmosphere across the firm.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Plenty of opportunities to socialize. Entertainment activities were organised in the first and final weeks, for example a night at a ping pong bar in London for all interns. During the weeks spent at the local office there were several lunches and breakfasts out as well as after work drinks.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Relatively expensive but nothing out of the ordinary.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Good selection of pubs and bars. Very close to London too.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were opportunities to play football, cricket and table tennis. In particular there was the yearly football tournament held in Liverpool involving all the BDO offices in the UK.