Calling and casting; Fiche reviews; Title deeds testing; Cash; Fixed Assets; Creditors; VAT; Payroll Walkthrough; Testing client working papers; Preparing Points4Partner; Other general administration work eg filing and scanning
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed the majority of my work, especially when at a client's site and given responsibilty to interact with the client and work on my own sections. However, audit being audit there are obviously times when you have to do boring work such as calling and casting for long periods or scanning and photocopying.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt highly valued throughout the internship and staff were genuinely grateful when I helped them out. The managers and graduate trainees were very friendly and talked openly about their experiences at the firm. However, as expected the feeling of being valued varied depending upon who I was working for and whilst the vast majority of managers and seniors gave me responsibility there were a few who perhaps tried to take advantage by giving menial tasks and little responsibility.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Each intern had a councilling manager and a buddy to help smoothe them into the business. They were very willing to help with any problems I had and helped me to secure work during the first few days and to get to know a few other members of staff. All managers and trainees were very approachable and had no qualms about answering any questions I had.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
There was never a shortage of work during the internship but at the same time I wasn't forced to take on work that I couldn't finish. Finding work required asking around to see if there was anything that could be helped with but as everyone was so friendly this was no problem at all and meant that when I needed to time to complete individual research for presentations it was no problem at all.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
The level of responsibility given depended upon whether I was on client site or in the office and also which senior/ manager I was working for. On a couple of jobs I was literally thrown in at the deep end and expected to interact with the clients right from the start but given guidance when I needed it. This was great as it really forced me to learn about what I was doing and gave me a good insight into the real working life at the firm. As mentioned above though there were a few occasions when I only had menial tasks to do - this was more frequent when in the office.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I feel that I have learnt a lot from my time at BDO. The skills I learnt included attention to detail; how to interact with clients and never being afraid to ask when I don't understand. These are things I can take into university and my future career. I also learnt a great deal about audit and the firm's culture in particular - it has helped to inform me of my future career choice.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
When the graduate trainees were in the office there was a fun atmosphere. However, when they were in college it was not quite the same. If all the interns had been placed in the same department it would have been more fun!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
I would say that the internship worked quite well most things were planned before we started including being booked to jobs. However, some interns had a better experience than others because they spent more time at client site or had better shadowing opportunities. It would be fairer if this was more evenly spread.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The first week was spent training, most of which came in useful for our later work. Whenever I didn't understand anything somebody took the time to explain it to me.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I'm not sure yet if I got a job with them but I would be very tempted to take it if I do. The personality and working culture of the firm makes it very appealing.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
It took a couple of weeks for the social scene to kick in but once it did there was a very good relationship between the audit and tax interns.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Being in central London it was never going to be cheap!!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Again, its central London!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
The audit drinks were very good and the were a few other things planned but unfortunately we didn't get much chance to go on them. For example, there was a big trip to a five-a-side tournament in Birmingham but unfortunately the interns were only given a few days notice so we couldn't really plan to go. If we had been told about it beforehand we would have been able to sort a team.