1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The programme has been fantastic, you are made to feel valued and and it surpasses any expectations. You really get a good idea of what working in audit would be like. Not to mention there are lots of fun jobs to match the calling and casting! I enjoyed it more than i thought i would.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
You are made to feel like a full employee of BDO from day one, unlike most work placements where you feel like you are distracting from day-to-day activities. Everyone gives praise when you have completed a task correctly, but will also be willing to go out of their way to help you to understand if you do anything incorrectly.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The tutors and advisers have been faultless. Anything you need, they will go out of their way to help you with. Couldn't have been better. BDO have been wonderful; if you need something, they'll do their best to help you. Best company I have had the pleasure of working for.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Fairly busy, was working in several areas, including TSG and EMI. Daily tasks differ between sectors, but the standard is; casting and calling, proof reading documents and interactive learning assignments, updating figures to meet this year's tax threshold, updating clients working papers with this years numbers, and gathering data about potential clients.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given some responsibility in the different sectors i worked at within BDO. I was happy with the work and responsibility i was doing as i didn't feel really pressured but the work i was doing was worthwhile and used in BDO in different areas too and passed onto supervisors.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Learnt about the auditing role - the placement gave me a real understanding of the audit sector. Developed my spreadsheet skills and have become more attentive to detail. I can use some of these skills in this business or similar ones depending if i apply for a full time job here.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Really good atmosphere, I enjoyed the work i did and the colleagues i was working with too. never felt left out of any conversations and although there was some banter around the office it was nothing crossing the line and everyone was in good spirits and helpful too.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The programme is really well organised, and everyone is really flexible if you need to switch days due to a clash or problem. I do feel however having two full days of induction was a bit too much - maybe make it one and a half days, and then spend the afternoon meeting the people you are working with and getting started on that first task?
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think they invested their time in me, especially the supervisors and my colleagues as they took the time out of the day to talk to me about opportunities in BDO and advised me on work and what i could do/apply for as a job and what they look out for when people apply too.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
future employment looks appealing to me. I have recieved information about jobs there in the future and other types of work they offer too. I would definitely consider applying for a job especially since i have already learnt some skills for the job and know some employees too now
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There's a fairly good social scene however there aren't many clubs in the local area and just a few pubs and some restaurants too. I think there are some bigger social clubs in surrounding areas so this doesn't seem to be a problem and we can always have a drink or walk in the local area anyway
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
the cost of living is fairly high as it is in london. I think the salary is decent for the area however if i wanted to get a full time job here i would probably find a flat to share or move further from the work and commute a bit further to work instead. It's expected in london though.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife isn't too bad, as mentioned before there's a few restaurants/cafe's and bar's/pubs in the local area however it's just a short journey away from any bigger clubs and social area's for employees. I think it is better where we are localed then some similar businesses in the countryside as there is a few more things to do here.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There were drink on a Friday, and you can meet up with your fellow collegues on the placement, but there were no other events put on, although I'm not sure I'd want there to be any considering that you are both working and commuting. Overall not many opportuinities, but the placement was short and the ones offered were good.