Accounts Assistant at BDO

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Reading South East
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£26,000 - £27,999

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Assist seniors in preparation of statutory accounts

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

Part of a very approachable and helpful team. Lots of feedback when completing tasks and so it's easy to see what's been going well and where you can improve. Also a very social office with lots of events for both teams and the wider office.


2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

They are happy to give you jobs with quite a lot of responsibility from early on and always encourage questions as well as being interested in your progress.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

The seniors and managers in the team are all very technically strong and happy to spend time talking through anything I'm unsure of.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

As with any job, some days are busier than others but whenever I felt like I could take on more, I would ask around and normally be asked to help with something quite quickly. Also there is an effective resource planner used so it's rare that you have too much on.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Was allocated a few clients from an early stage and was responsible for the regular tasks as well as communicating directly with the client to ensure their needs were being met.


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

I was given a good variety of jobs ranging from preparing accounts to preparing VAT returns and all of these have come up during various parts of my studies which was a huge help.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Recently moved into a new, very modern office with lots of space and areas to work collaboratively which creates a nice atmosphere


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Time at college learning the different course is done in blocks (i.e. take a week out of the office to study for an exam) rather than one day a week so was easy to focus on work when in the office and studies when at college or on home study.


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

If exams are passed first time, everything is paid for including exam fees, college fees and study materials including online and the various books


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • National Travel
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Working from home

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

Due to the firm's investement in you, a job offer at the end of the school leaver/graduate programme is almost guaranteed.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

You go to college with the same people that start the placement when you do and work with them for several years so tend to meet up outside of work


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Close to London so not the cheapest but also affordable.


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

Loads to do in the town centre and places that open until late.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Yes - the company gives several CSR days a year to encourage this.