1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed my placement immensely! I was exposed to a range of people, departments and environments, which made the placement an extremely varied learning experience. I developed as a person and I have learnt many new skills, which will benefit me in my future career. Everyone I meet was friendly and made my placement an overall really enjoyable experience.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I always felt very valued by the company! We received a thorough introduction and a warm welcome from employees. I was made to feel like any other employee by my team and not treated as an “intern”. I was always invited to team events and fellow colleagues would include me in projects they thought I might be interested in.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was really grateful for the guidance and support I received from my team and line manager. Due to the nature of the work (auditing), some of the work was quiet technical and although my degree is related to this, I still needed some additional support. My team were always willing to help me and answer all of my many questions!
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I was busy most days. I would spend a mixture of time in the office and at client sites, so I would spend time preparing for meeting with clients. When working with the clients, I was always super busy, with something to be working on. On quieter days, I would try to do some networking with colleagues.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As time went on, I was given increasingly more responsibility and more demanding projects. I was pleased that my line manager trusted me enough to give me such a high level of responsibility. I enjoyed the responsibility as it meant that I was able to prove my ability to my team and manager.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The placement gave me a far better understanding of how a business operates and a great understanding of auditing and accountancy. This will be beneficial to me in my degree (accountancy) going forward. Furthermore, I developed many transferable skills such as communication and presentation skills.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The general atmosphere within the office at BDO and clients was always very positive. The office was very fast paced, as everyone is managing a heavy work load but everyone was always friendly and there was lots of friendly banter with in the office environment. Everyone got on and employees had formed genuine friendships.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I really could not criticise the organisation of this internship. We had a good induction and the recruitment team was always in contact. Due to the nature of the role, there was a lot of travelling, however, BDO carefully organised all accommodation and travel. I had the opportunity to travel to Birmingham and Leeds, which was a good chance to meet other employees and see a different side to the business.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I felt well invested in. I had regular review sessions with my line manager, where we could discuss my progress and where he provided constructive criticism. My line manager was well invested in my personal development and gave me projects that would test and develop my skills. He also ensured I had exposure to different areas of the business.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
The future employment prospects are very appealing. The company invests heavily in its interns, in the expectation they will fulfil graduate positions.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was a really great social scene amongst fellow employees and interns; I was very pleasantly surprised by how social it was! We had a training event in Birmingham, which was followed by social events. The trip to Leeds also included a night out and social event. I would frequently go for drinks after work with my team and fellow interns.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Cost of living is undoubtedly high in London. Biggest cost was rent and travel.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Good nightlife! Lots of pubs, bars and restaurants nearby!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?