The experience was extremely useful in gaining further insight into the financial sector and the roles within this industry. The experience allowed me to develop my current skills, whilst learning new ones. I particularly found the opportunity to meet fellow interns and work with them for a group presentation enjoyable. On top of this the experience allowed me to meet different people across the firm and ask any questions that I had about the roles or the firm.
Despite the internship been virtual, throughout the experience I felt valued and welcomed. I felt comfortable to speak and present my ideas and felt as though these were taken on board and contributed. During the experience I was given plenty of opportunities to be myself and provide my own views on a range of different things. This was also evident when we worked as part of a group to present our ideas on the solution of a problem.
Throughout the experience there was guidance and support available at all times. There was always opportunities to ask questions about anything that you were unsure of. In particular one session was a meeting with a current trainee, this was a fantastic chance to ask as many questions as possible and gain a greater understanding of what life at the firm is like. At all times I knew who I needed to ask if i needed help or was unsure about anything.
The internship gave me the opportunity to build and expand upon current skills, whilst also developing new ones. The skills and information received during the experience will help massively not only in my completing my degree but in many more life experiences. On top of this during the experience I also got to learn more about the technical side of the tax roles that I had applied for, this has given me much greater confidence that it is a role that suits me and something I want to pursue as a career.
Despite the internship having to go virtual, it was extremely well run and organised throughout. Prior to the internship starting and the decision to move it online we had regular updates from the BDO Early in Career team to make sure we knew what was happening. Throughout the experience all of the sessions were well organised and structured which meant you could get the best possible experience from each of the sessions. The week ran as smoothly as I would have expected an in person week to run.
The atmosphere throughout the internship was excellent, everyone member of staff that delivered a session or that I spoke to was extremely friendly and welcoming. Despite it been online there were great opportunities to meet and get to know the other interns throughout and this provided a very enjoyable working atmosphere, particularly during the group work. Everyone involved within the week optimised BDO's values and created a welcoming and inclusive environment, despite the fact it was virtual.
The firm provided a great detail of personal training and development during the virtual experience. There were sessions on personal branding, networking and tax specific training. The tax training in particular was a brilliant opportunity to learn and understand more about the stream that I wanted to go into. There was a large range of areas covered and explained, highlighting many areas that I previously did not know about. Overall the experience greatly helped my personal development and the training allowed me to expand upon my knowledge.
Although the experience was virtual, it provided me with a good understanding as to what it would be like to work for the firm full time. There were many talks explain the culture and way in which BDO operates, which gave a very good insight into what the experience would be like within a full time role. There were sessions that explained in great detail the training and opportunities you would be offered as part of a graduate role.
The experience provided a great insight and understanding around the culture of BDO. The values and the culture were at the forefront of everything that was done and it was emphasised hoe important these are. In particular the 'Be Yourself' culture this was very good in demonstrating how everyone from any background is welcomed and provide contributions in equal ways. This allowed me to feel very comfortable in sharing what I actually thought about things without worrying.
The content provided was very valuable in helping me decide on my future career path. Following the experience I decided that I wanted to pursue a career within that area. The internship was particularly useful in helping to confirm that tax was the stream that was most suited to me and also that I found the most interesting. It also allowed me to decide that I wanted to follow this career with the firm, due to how much I enjoyed the experience.
Throughout the experience there were many opportunities for networking with individuals from across the firm. It was very useful to meet a variety of different individuals from different levels to understand more about their role, experiences and the career path they followed to get to where they are. The session were you got to meet a trainee was fantastic in understanding things they would have done differently and wished they had known before they started their role.
Very good provided me with a lot of detail into life at the firm.
Yes including both social and volunteering.
I would absolutely recommend the experience to a friend. It was enjoyable, extremely useful and has ultimately allowed me to choose my career path. Everyone that was involved within the week was extremely friendly, welcoming and accommodating in all of the activities we did. It was great to meet fellow interns and hear of their experiences and what they were hoping to achieve. Overall, i would highly recommend the experience to anyone that is interested in a career in the financial sector.
27th October 2020