1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed the internship at BDO. I learnt such a wide variety of things over the 6 weeks and the company was fully invested in my time here with an initial training week in Birmingham, two days in London at the end of the internship and lots of networking and social events. The work was extremely varied which meant it was always interesting.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone in the office was extremely friendly and welcoming which immediately made me feel comfortable and calm any initial nerves. All my colleagues were always happy to answer any questions I had. I always felt that the work I was doing was appreciated and contributed towards the final result of the team.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Every intern receives a buddy who and a counselling manager who are there to support you during the internship. I received a lot of support from both while I was at BDO. My buddy was there for more personal questions whereas you meet with your counselling manager a couple of times over the 6 weeks to check how you are doing workwise and to discuss any feedback you have been given.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Yes. Every day was very different. I visited many different clients and was always given a range of work so I was given the best experience possible. There was never a day where I didn't have work to do and if I did have an hour or two free than I could spent this time preparing for our CSR presentation that we gave at the end of the internship.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot of responsibility during the internship. From the very first week I was out at client sites helping the team and given work to complete by myself and at my own pace. All the work I did was valued by the teams I worked for and loved knowing that I was helping out and making an impact to BDO.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Although my degree is not related to accountancy I have definitely learnt skills that are transferrable to my degree such as presentation, teamwork and communication. Going forward beyond university, I have definitely developed skills and training that will be invaluable in my future career.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very friendly and welcoming which immediately made me feel comfortable. You were able to sit at a different desk every day so it meant that you got to know a number of different people. All managers and trainees mixed aswell which I felt created a more friendly environment.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The overall internship was very well organised. The first week all the interns spent in Birmingham for training and they were many activities during the day and social events in the evenings organised for us. During the time I spent in the office I always knew the week before whether I would be at a client the next week and where that was.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes. All the interns got along so well and BDO set up a lot of activities so you get to know each other well quickly. Also there was a BDO football tournament in Reading which meant that all the interns could meet up again during the internship. Finally the last two days were spent in London where BDO organised activities and a night out so all the interns could get together one final time to share their experiences.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I stayed with relatives so cost of living was very low and my drive to work was pretty easy so mainly just spent money on petrol. In terms of socialising in the area it wasn't particularly expensive. There were places that were cheaper than others etc if you didn't want to spent too much.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Pretty good. There was lots of restaurants and bars near the office so often after work people would go out for drinks. There were a couple of clubs in the area although I didn't get the opportunity to go to them/
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?