1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The experience that I had with BDO was very enjoyable, I was exposed to a large range of auditing tasks within the company and also introduced into the other sectors within the company. The opening week in Birmingham and the closing days in London were incredibly enjoyable and it was great meeting all the other interns.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I did a lot of different work for my colleagues and everything that I attempted was greatly appreciated, no matter how small the task. They knew that my knowledge levels were very low and they were happy to explain things to me whenever I didn't understand the task that I was assigned
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
My counselling manager was fantastic. We had multiple meetings over my internship to catch up and go over the feedback that I had received from other managers that I worked with. He also gave me some very good advice and set up meetings with other high ups to give me the best advice possible. He also offered for me to speak to a partner if I was wanting to.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I had work to do the majority of the time when I was in the office. In times of quietness I was given a couple of tasks that I could refer back to, whether it was a project that we had to do during our internship or an ongoing project within the company. Most of the work that I helped with was calling and casting and on parish council audits.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As an intern I was not expecting to be given very much responsibility, however when I was out at the client I was independently going and asking for items from them. I also completed the entirety of a section of the audit and signed it off myself.
In the office I was in charge of inputting the annual returns for the parish council and also photocopying and sorting the sole copy of the annual returns that BDO keep after the audit process.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
As my degree isn't relevant to the field that I completed the internship in I wouldn't say it would affect that much.
The internship did however give me a much better understanding of the professional workplace and how auditing and the department works, I think that it would benefit any graduate job applications saying that I have had this experience and I feel like it has offered me a lot to talk about.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office had a great atmosphere, socially there was an ongoing tennis tournament in Audit, we had an audit bbq and there was a national football tournament in Reading.
Everybody was very happy to help with any queries and even the partners welcomed us whenever we saw them. The open layout of the office made it a lot easy to approach the managers and the more senior members of staff and they were very happy to be approached.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship was fairly well organised. There was work to do the whole time, however other offices around the country had a lot more client contact and it would have been nice to have that as well. The beginning and the end of the internship had some very fun activities that were well organised.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The company offered a lot of opportunities for us to develop with the first few days of the internship being a training program and a quick crash course for the internship. Another morning of the internship we had talks from people from all the different departments within BDO and that was very helpful to see what was available.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Very appealing, hopefully I will receive a job offer at the end of the internship. The progression within the company seems very good and it is somewhere that you progress in.
When speaking to the employers about possible career paths they were happy to give advice and guide me towards a successful future.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
With the activities that were ran there was a good social scene with the department as well as the other offices. On some Fridays we went to the pub for lunch which was enjoyable to get to know everybody in the office a bit better and it was a nice break from the office.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Lived at home, however my house in Southampton is fairly cheap.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Didn't go out but the nightlife is okay.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, there was a football tournament in reading and the beginning and end of the internship had activities that were ran for us.