1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It has been a great privilege to work amongst you a talented workforce. My time here at BDO has been wonderful and I have learnt new skills and gained an expansive understanding of audit. I was able to apply the theory of auditing that I learnt at university on real clients.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very comfortable and settled in the job from day 1 and this was because of the really friendly people I worked with. They all appreciated my presence and contribution. I was given plenty of chances to help different people in the Glasgow office and everyone was very supportive.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The management/ supervisors gave me clear instructions for every task that I took on and were more than happy to support me throughout it. Having never worked for an accountancy firm before, my technical knowledge was not great but everyone was really happy to help me develop and improve my performance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
During the internship, I was given various different tasks which kept me busy throughout the day. However, there were times where I had nothing to do for a short period of time but I used the opportunity to learn more about BDO, the sectors BDO operates in and BDO's competition.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given reasonable responsibility considering I do not having previous Audit experience. I was probably given more responsibility than I expected, especially during the days I was at clients office. I was given the opportunity to interact with the clients which I thought was huge for my personal development.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I believe working on real life clients definitely gave me the technical knowledge that is going to help me in my career in the future. At university, I learnt Auditing theory whereas actually applying the knowledge to real life situations provided me with invaluable experience. Overall, the internship has proven to be extremely valuable in terms of personal development.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The people in the office were really friendly however the atmosphere was rather intense which I do not see as a negative. Everyone was really focused on their work in order to meet deadlines, achieve outstanding performance, etc. This led to an intense atmosphere which I think is good as long as it does not affect personal and professional relationships
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The placement itself was reasonably well organised to an extent where I did not feel like I was sitting doing no work however there were aspects that I thought could have been improved. For example, the last 2 days of the placement were in London and my hotel was not booked properly which caused slight inconvenience.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
It felt like the company/management was constantly try to help you improve which is something that I loved about the internship. They were willing to invest and help us develop personally and professional. BDO's values were followed very well in the Glasgow office and BDO invest very well in the education and development of its employees.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future employment prospects within the organisation are very appealing. I loved the people that I worked with. I loved the office environment . I loved all of the Audit work that was given to me during the internship. I also was really fascinated by how well BDO follow their values. All of this makes employment with BDO very appealing.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
During the internship, I went out with other interns over the 6 weeks which I thought gave us an amazing chance to connect and develop personal relationships. This I think is crucial because I could potentially be working with these people and we will work better if we know each other at a personal level.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I am from Glasgow and worked in Glasgow. The cost of living and socialising in Glasgow are reasonable compared to other cities where BDO are in. I went out with other office staff from Glasgow during the internship and as I say the prices in Glasgow are better than other cities but there is always room for improvement.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The nightlife in Glasgow overall is brilliant. There are a number of options to choose from and always a place to go to regardless of what day of the week it is. There is a club to suit everyone's taste which I think some other cities lack. Also, there are plenty of bars and pubs for people who do not like clubs.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
I was given the opportunity to be at clients site which gave me great exposure to real life audit. This is enhanced my skills and developed me personally and professionally. Interacting with clients and building relationships is vital in Audit and being out at clients sites really helped me develop that ability.