Onsite: Basic Audit Work and helping wherever possible
In Office: Casting, Accounting Checklists, Basic Audit Work, Filing, etc
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
It was really good, the people that I worked with couldn't have made it any more enjoyable. The highlight would have to be playing in the football tournament between all the BDO offices in the country, it was a really good weekend, and got to know everyone outside of work.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
The people culture at BDO is brilliant. The mix between working and having fun is amazing.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
You are assigned a buddy and counselling manager to help you through the internship experience, and both of these were brilliant at helping me when I didn't know what I was doing.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
I went out on site twice for a few days at a time during the 6 weeks, so I was obviously really busy then, however on days when I was in the office, I would sometimes have to do other tasks such as filing, but only occasionally.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Your work is reviewed by a manager, but it's not like they're looking over your shoulder the whole time, they leave you to get on with it and then give you feedback afterwards to help you develop.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
As my degree is accounting and finance the skills link quite well, however I would say that aspects such as working 9-5 everyday, acting professionally, gaining commercial awareness, etc are far more important aspects to take away from the experience.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Everyone has fun whilst they work, and its all open plan offices which is nice.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The first week was spent in London doing some training with all the other interns, which was nice as you get to know everyone. They paid for travel and evening meals too, so that was awesome. Then we spent the next 5 weeks in our office, and the final 2 days doing a CSR activity and a presentation in London. Overall, great organisation and the HR people are all really helpful and friendly too!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
We spent the first week in London training, and also you get given constant feedback.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Given the economic downturn, all companies are cutting back, however BDO are continuing to employ graduates, and the progression throughout the company is good.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
During the first week whilst we were all together in London we went out for dinner everynight, and everyone that was hired seemed friendly.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It's expensive in Reading, however I live here anyway so I'm used to it. You can get a pint for about £2.50-£3.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Reading has loads of bars and restaurants, and 3 or 4 decent clubs, so it's quite good.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
There was the national football tournament and they play football and cricket in local leagues weekly too. There are also other non-sporting events such as charity events etc. There's loads to do!