I really enjoyed getting the opportunity to have an insight into what life is like working at BDO. It was great talking to some of the staff from those in higher positions to recent graduates; overall the day was really informative and I enjoyed all aspects of the insight day.
I felt like they gave me a good insight into what life is like at the company. Therefore , in that sense I felt really valued by the staff there. They were very welcoming and were open to answering our questions on the day, which was very good from my perspective.
There was good guidance and information related to us on the different type of schemes on getting into the company. For example there was information on apprenticeships all the way to graduate schemes, with the latter being more relevant to myself. There were also tips on succeeding through the application stage.
There are several skills that I can use in my degree. For one there’s the skill of effective communication that was empathised on the insight day. This isn’t just from face to face talks with individuals but also in my essay work and that relates to me getting my point across as best as possible.
It was well structured. We received a schedule of what was to happen during the day. The day itself ran to time and there was the opportunity for us to ask questions at the end which was really good. The day was well structured throughout , lunch was also provided which was good.
The general atmosphere was great. Apart from meeting the employers and staff, it’s good interacting with other students who are in the same position as me. We can in a sense rub heads with each other and it provides a different perspective as a student; I found this really helpful.
They gave us schedule prior to the day so we knew what was going. Everything was to time and they provided us with tips on the application stage and if successful the subsequent assessment centre that would follow. I found this really helpful and felt more confident about my application.
It helped a lot but of course the information that is relayed to us can never be as accurate as actually being a full time employer. However I got a good sense from what it would be like working at BDO and I believe that’s the main point of an insight
It was good to hear of the social side of things as well as the day to day work that’s ongoing within the firm. In that sense I was able to understand and get a grasp of the company culture, which was one of the main reasons I attended the insight day.
Before the day, I already had in mind I’d like to work for a firm like BDO because of the sector it’s In. Therefore, In that sense I already knew what type of career path I wanted to go in but the day only strengthened that desire which was good.
I was not too fussed about not being reimbursed.
There were staff to speak with on the day from different areas in the firm and that variety in experience was good to learn of. I really enjoyed this aspect of the day as it helped shaped my decision into what area I would like to apply to which was beneficial.
The opportunity to network was there particularly at the end of the day. Graduates who had recently joined we’re available to ask questions of and so were more experienced members of staff and that variety in experiences was good to hear of. This was very good in hat regards and the benefit was clear.
The social side of things working for a company is really big for me, as it gives the opportunity to meet and socialise with other members of staff you may not encounter with on a day to day basis. I found out about the different sports days and I was really happy to hear this.
I would recommend students and young people who intend on working for a firm should attend insight days. It provides an opportunity to see what the firm is like, to experience company culture and speak directly to the staff there. It can also influence your decision making in whether to apply to a company or not.