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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
BIRMINGHAM East Midlands
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Role Description


1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed it to a large extent. I was well received by the staff, and the office reception were also friendly. There was a structured programme, with plenty of information and valuable insight shared by the current graduates in the firm.


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

I certainly did feel valued at the company. We were well looked after with refreshments and snacks. There were also a number of activities we were given to do, which provided a good use of our time. However, I feel that more one to one attention with the programme employer/BDO employees would of added additional value to the day.


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

We received a decent amount of guidance and support during the day, both about the company/application process and also about the activities we were carrying out on the day. However, more guidance in terms of our own individual situations, would have been appreciated.


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

The information, skills and insight i received, helped me to a large extent, in succeeding in the application processes, both with the firm, along with others in the industry. It gave me more information on the structure an dentry points of the firm.


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5. How well structured was the insight?

It was well structured, for the most part. There was booklets and notepads given out by the firm as well as a stated order of service for the day. It finished on time and there was opportunity for Q&A's as well.


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

The general atmosphere during the insight day was very good. All other applicants were friendly and enthusiastic about the day and the activities. they were all very competent and inquisitive.


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

As this was only an insight day, there was not much scope for this to take place.


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?

I t was good, in that it helped me understand the structure and culture of the firm. Also the fact that we could speak to employees helped.


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

It helped me to understand the culture slightly, through speaking to current graduates through the day, but this was not sufficient enough time.


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

the content of the day was very helpful as I was given a large amount of information about the industry of professional services as a whole.


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

As this was an insight day, I was not reimbursed for expenses.

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

yes! There were opportunities to network with colleagues at the beginning, middle and end of the day. However, not so much with employees.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They were quite scarce, in terms of meeting and networking with BDO employee's themselves.


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

Yes. These sort of details would have been given out, through the powerpoint presentation by the company.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes I would. For general information about the industry and individual firm, as well as details on the apllication process; its worth it.