1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
The internship was very enjoyable. The training week was excellent, the opportunities in office and at client sites developed my professional abilities, and the CSR focused conclusion and networking event spoke a lot about BDO's unique culture.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The office was close-knit and I fitted right in. I didn't feel "line-managed" at all. I was exposed to all levels of management, given responsibility from the start, and praised for work well done.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
The "buddy system" implemented at my office was integral to my own professional development. I work best when I understand the context of my own involvement, and time was always made available for teaching.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was busy from the moment I arrived until my partner interview. I quickly familiarised myself with the boutique software, and was put to accounts testing on the day I started. I was always working and progressing.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The level of responsibility was high from the start and increased steadily. On my final day I was sitting in a client office with senior management, trusted to work on some quite complex accounts and encouraged to raise issues with the client FD.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Throughout these 6 weeks I have become well-oriented with accounting and audit and gained a valuable insight into the running of a large firm. I would consider myself proficient in many areas of audit now and attribute that to excellent training and the high levels of responsibility. I am certainly in a strong position for starting a junior contract in a large financial services firm. I also understand the process ahead of me, as regards ACA qualification and time-qualification. BDO has been a great experience, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in financial services. A fantastic opportunity.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was a close-knit office. Everyone worked diligently but light conversation wasn't frowned upon.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The internship run smoothly from start to finish. Training in Birmingham, my office, and the London networking event all proceeded without any delays or waiting around. The whole experience was very well-organised.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I've provided positive feedback for all sections, this needs special mention however. If you want to experience a large firm with a small firm culture then look no further. Support is there from the start. I definitely got the impression that BDO cares for its employees development.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I can definitely see myself working for BDO. The culture is exceptional and personal development encouraged.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Absolutely. By the end of the six weeks I knew all the interns very well and had formed great professional relationships with some of my office co-workers. You can expect lots of lunches and drinks after a day of work.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
My office was in a relatively large city, London prices to be expected for living and socialising.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
My office was in a relatively large city, plenty of pubs, bars, and clubs if that's your thing.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?