1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Very much so. I always felt valued and was given a decent level of responsibility. It was really well organised and everyone was really friendly and helpful. There was good training in place so that you felt confident before you started and the social events were really good.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I was treated just like a new joiner of the firm, so I was given lots of support and welcomes, but was also expected to act professionally and complete work to a good standard. People were happy to give you work that they were responsible for so they did trust you.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
there was a really good support network in place throughout the internship as well even before. I got assigned a 'buddy' and a counselling manager both of whom I could ask any questions about anything. They were both friendly and so were all the other employees who were also always happy to help.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was always busy, especially on client sites which is where I was most of the time. Sections of the audit work had already been assigned to me before I arrived on site and so I always had something to get stuck into. The office days were more quiet so sometimes you had to email or ask people for work but there was always something to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
a decent level. I was valued and given work that would otherwise have been done by another member of the audit team. Your work would be reviewed but it was still your work that was eventually submitted. You were expected to work to a good standard.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I do an accounting and finance degree so everything I did on the internship felt relevant and useful. The organisational skills as well as technical knowledge will be applicable in my last year of university and also in any job that I pursue whatever field.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
It was really nice and chilled and a good balance between chatty and friendly but also hard working. There were several social events organised and lots of dress down Fridays. Everybody was really friendly and helpful and sometimes people went out lunch together on Fridays.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was really well organised from the start and I always knew where I was and what I was doing, with a good support network in place if ever I was unsure of anything. The training days were great and really helpful too. The structure was clear and really beneficial so that you felt like you had a well rounded experience.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
Very much so, You could tell that a lot of time and money went into making the training days enjoyable as well as genuinely useful. The social activities and ice breakers were really fun and really made the intership experience. You were given enough training to feel confident that you could perform your job properly.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
very appealing. I would like to work for BDO in the future and hopefully will be able to complete my ACA. All interns have a partner interview at the end of the internship to see if you are a good fit for the firm and there is often a job offer at the end. The firm was really nice to work for and everyone seems to like working there.
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?