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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

Work on corporate and personal insolvencies. Varies widely, from trading a business to completing bank reconciliations.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • I found working in the BR department really interesting, never a dull moment. Relaxed atmosphere in the office and the work was different each day. I had a brilliant manager so that helped a lot.


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • The team were great from managers all the way down. They have a type of open door policy for everyone. I think your direct manager is one of the most influential people during your time on placement and mine was absolutely brilliant.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • This office is really busy but they took time out to answer any silly questions I had. Genuinely couldn't of asked for better support.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • Yes! Although I wanted lots of work so I could learn as much as I could while I was there and I definitely got that. That was what made it exciting to get up and go to work each day.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • I was given as much responsibility as I asked for, and as much as is possible for a student. As I said, good manager.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • God I improved on so many things. They took the time to teach me things I really should have known before I went there. Every day was a school day there, I learnt a vast amount about finances, office environment even computer skills.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • It was very high paced and everyone has a big work load but the office was relaxed.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • I had no set plan to work with, if I wanted to work they would encourage, help and teach me. If I didn't I could stay photo copying! There can't really be a plan as different cases come in everyday so the work load changes.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • I was given constant constructive feedback.


  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Flexi Time

    Subsidised Canteen

    Sports and Social Club

    National Travel

    Company Parties/Events

    Staff Sales/Staff Shop

    Working from home


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • Got a job!


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • There wasn't too many students there. But HR helped me find a housemate etc, and after that social scene is good!


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • Drink,food & rent really cheap in comparison to the south of Ireland. Had plenty of my wages left over each month.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • Belfast city, so great!


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • Like any other city there is loads to do. BDO also organize plenty of there own events


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Placement (5-9 Months)

Accountancy, Administration/Secretarial

3rd April 2012

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