Insigh Day Intern at BDO

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Birmingham East Midlands
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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

The day at BDO provided a great ‘insight’ into life at the company and helped us to understand more about what a career in accountancy involves. I found the day to be really informative and useful. The day also provided useful hints and tips for the recruitment process and what to expect. Everyone was welcoming and friendly; overall it was a very enjoyable day.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

I felt valued throughout the day. Employees made a conscious effort to make sure everyone was included from start to finish. Everyone was encouraged to thoughts in the group exercises and all ideas were taken into account. Employees and graduates took time out of their busy schedules to speak with us.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

All employees and graduates at BDO were extremely welcoming and friendly. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a warm welcome and we were guided where to go and what to do next. Employees were patient and encouraging throughout the day and were happy to answer all the many questions that we had.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I definitely had the chance to improve my communication and networking skills throughout the day, and such skills will benefit me in whatever I choose to do in the future. I also gained a greater insight in accountancy and the information about the application process will benefit me when applying for future roles.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

The insight day was extremely well structured and followed a carefully arranged timetable. I was provided with this timetable in advance so was able to prepare myself for the activities. All the activities were tailored for us as university students. Travel was arranged in advance and the process was very smooth – I couldn’t fault it at all.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The general atmosphere at BDO was really enjoyable and due to there being a number of interns also on the day, we formed a nice bond. The atmosphere was very comfortable and enjoyable to be in, especially from a networking perspective. The offices were clean, modern and new. Overall, a great atmosphere.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

As the insight was only one day, we did not have specific training, however it was clear to see that BDO had invested a lot of time, money and energy into the programme. The activities were designed for us to develop strong networking and team skills and I felt that I developed new skills in a very short space of time.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

There were many networking events, which allowed us to be able to meet graduates and current employees. This was a great experience as we were able to learn about their line of work as well as the culture within their area and the firm as a whole. This was really insightful and gave me a great ‘bigger picture’ view of the firm and how it operates.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

Although we were only there for a very short period of time, I felt that I got a good insight into the company's culture.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

The content given to us throughout the day was really beneficial in helping me to decide my future career path. Whilst I did really enjoy the day, I realised that I would not particularly be suited in a career in accountancy, but I am glad that I realised this early on. However, the skills developed throughout the day will help me in my future career path and I am glad that I partook in this insight.


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11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

I was reimbursed travel expenses and these were paid back to me quickly. Lunch was also included.

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

There were plenty of opportunities to network and meet employees during my time at BDO. The events arranged during the day were quite formal, however, we had the opportunity for informal networking during lunch.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

I really enjoyed the networking events. It was a good chance to meet new and interesting people and find out more about their careers. I used this opportunity to also connect with them on LinkedIn. As we were only there for one day, we did not have any social events, apart for a nice intern lunch.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

Although there was nothing specifically mentioned on this, from speaking to employees, I did find out about sports team and charity opportunities available.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

I would absolutely this insight to a friend; there really is nothing to lose by doing it. Firstly, it provides a good overview of what a career in accountancy involves. Secondly, you get to develop new and existing skills such as communication, networking and data analysis. Finally, it provided many great tips and pointers for applying for future opportunities at BDO.