1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I really enjoyed my time at BDO, it flew by and I was always busy with work. There were lots of opportunities to get involved with social activities. For example, the first week was in Birmingham where there were social activities every night and I also went to the oval one evening to watch the cricket. Everyone made me feel very welcome and whenever I worked on a new job the people I worked with were very friendly.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
My colleagues were very friendly and if I didn't understand some of the work I was doing they were always happy to help and to point me in the right direction. The people I worked with were always very inclusive and didn't make me feel left out. I felt like the work I did was meaningful and people valued the effort that I put into it.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I had both a buddy as well as a counselling manager that I was in contact with frequently. It was very easy to get into contact with them to ask for work and or advice. When I was assigned to a job the manager in charge would always e-mail me to say where I needed to be and when and also explained the work I needed to do carefully and in a way that I could understand.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Yes. I was fully booked onto client jobs for almost everyday of the internship. I was always travelling around to different clients where I was given several tasks to carry out. As well as this for the few days that I was in the office for the in office team always had work for you if you asked for it. The days went very quickly as I was given meaningful work that wasn't too repetitive.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The atmosphere in the office was friendly and there were always people asking if you wanted to go for a tea/coffee break or go and get lunch. There were lots of trainees around my age and so I didn't feel intimidated and there were lots of people to talk to whilst I was working. The office was very nice and there were lots of refreshments that you could help yourself to during the day.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I was very impressed at how organised the internship was. We spent the first week with all the interns across the UK for ice breakers and training. There were lots of activities during the week and it was a great way to ease yourself into work at BDO. I then headed to my local office at Gatwick where I was booked onto work several days in advance before I had to be there. The last 2 days were all the interns again in London and so it was great to see them all again and a great way to wrap up my time there.
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?
I had a really good time at the office and I could really see myself working there. I fit in very well with the team and made lots of friends that invited me to many social events. As well as that the work is really interesting and always changing as you are always moving from client office to client office.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?