Insight day at BDO

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Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London
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1.7/5

About You
1.9
The Company
1.9
Everything Else
1.1

Role Description

Insight day event at BDO

About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I enjoyed the insight day quite a lot, it gave a really good and broad introduction to what BDO does on a day to day basis. On the other hand I was very interested to explore the actuarial side of the company and unfortunately, the company decided not to bring anyone in this sector so I came away feeling like I hadn’t learnt much about the area I most wanted to explore so I was a bit upset about that.
3 /5

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

I felt partially valued but not hugely. The insight day itself did seem a bit rigid and not very flexible. I definitely felt like the the food arrangements, staying in the same room all day and not really being given a touring the building was far from ideal. I think if some of these had been incorporated I would have much preferred it but as it was it left me a little worried that they might not value individuals that much.
2 /5

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

Not very much, it was more lecture orientated but there were some team activities in which we got feedback and from those activities themselves, I felt like I got some good feedback I could apply more broadly. Overall, I felt like there wasn’t that much guidance but there was some support in helping you get information about the different sectors. The early careers lead was quite helpful as well with giving me more places to reach out to for extra information.
2 /5

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

Not very much at all. They cultured some skills that might be relevant to the few roles they were giving the insight day about but overall it was not very helpful with developing either myself or mu skill set and I definitely didn’t feel like I learnt anything new past improving the few said specific skills. I would have preferred a more activity focussed approach myself because that would have helped utilise wider skills and let you work more with others attending the event.
1 /5

The Company

5. How well structured was the insight?

Pretty well structured. It definitely had a very clear and very fixed timeline for the day and this timeline was introduced very clearly at the start of the day so there was never any doubt about where the day was heading. I did feel like it could have been a nicer experience for me if they had taken into account sitting in the same room all day which I did not enjoy much at all.
4 /5

6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Quite a variety of people with deep interest into the he sector and others who were not particularly knowledgeable. This was quite interesting to talk to people and hear about their motivations but it also made the information feel less targeted to me and broader so I felt like the message got diluted trying to get it across to everyone across this quite broad group. The staff were very pleasant and friendly and I did enjoy speaking with them but I was made slightly confused by the assessors at the back who were never introduced but weren’t clearly assessors either.
3 /5

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

Not a huge amount, the insight day get very non-resource intensive and we never got to network or speak to people much higher up within the firm. There was some free goodies but I would have much preferred a more intensive day. I also didn’t really enjoy the extremely narrow selection of food or the atmosphere in which we had lunch (in the same room we’d been sitting all day) so that felt quite off to me.
1 /5

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 didn’t really leave very satisfied at all. I turned up to get a solid overview or at least some first hand insight into the actuarial roles they offer and instead I got a view of everything else they offer BUT actuarial roles so I left feeling quite annoyed and with the insight day as a whole not being the most pleasant experience I’ve had, I was hesitant in what working for them would be like yet they definitely seemed pleasant and a company that cares about employees so I was very confused.
1 /5

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

There were some good presentations on company culture and it was very easy to tell how strongly they all shared these values and how important it was to stick to them. Especially in certain areas like accounting etc. where trust is integral and a key part of the role. Overall I felt like I came out feeling like I had a good understanding of the company values and what they prize in the individuals that they hire.
4 /5

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

Not very valuable at all, as I mentioned the insight day failed to address one of my primary points of interest and as a result I left with little to no extra directly relevant information that could help me make that decision. It also made me confused whether I wanted to work at the place so as a result I’d say it not only didn’t help me choose but confused me whether I want to consider this company in particular.
1 /5

Everything Else

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

I was quite annoyed that they didn’t even reimburse necessary expenses like train travel to london that wasn’t significantly expensive yet still a direct worry for me.

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

As I previously mentioned it didn’t feel like there was much opportunity to meet with senior members of the company at all, let alone I network with them. There was no one on one time to possibly network, very little information given in the way of how to get in touch with anyone but the early talent recruiter and this was a bit annoying as I had hoped to talk to current employees and gauge how they felt.
1 /5

13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

They weren’t very structured aside from getting to know the few fellow candidates you initially sat down next to. The icebreaker games and introduction were ok but I felt it really lacked rotating groups to let you work with new people and also it was not very good in giving you time to get to know the other person well. Having said this I met someone very nice and made good friends with them over lunch so that time was definitely an opportunity to socialise.
2 /5

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

Didn’t hear anything at all about this
1 /5

15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Not particularly based on the balance of my answers above
1 /5