Basic audit/accountancy work such as casting and calling, helping with walkthroughs, the cash and bank, and fixed assets section as well as completing a group and individual presentations.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Enjoyable - this is accountancy after all! But seriously it was good, and the time spent with all the other interns in London made it more memorable.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Everyone treated me well in my office and took time to tell me lots about the job.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
This is only a 6 week placement so this is probably isnt very relevant, however I had a good buddy and counselling manager. All the members of staff were approachable and answered any questions I had well.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
My office were very good to me and gave me a lot of experience in the short time I was there, with me being out of the office on audits most of the time. I felt busy most of the time.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Considering how much I knew about auditing (hardly anything), the tasks I was given seemed mostly appropriate to my knowledge.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Suprisingly enough me there is not a lot of similarity between accounting and my degree but I wasn't expecting that. I'd say you learn a lot about how businesses run generally which is useful, and obviously you learn a lot of relevant skills if you're going to do accounting as a career!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
An office of accountants is never going to be the wildest place in the world, I'd say it was professional and everyone I met was friendly, helped by the fact there was a lot of young audit graduates there.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very well organised - the week in London before we started in our regional offices was good, and when I got to back to Birmingham they had all my projects assigned to me when I got there.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A lot. The time in London was very generous considering how short the internship was.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
If you're going to go into accountancy I'd fully recommend BDO, as unlike the big four you get to work with slightly smaller clients and gain more experience in all aspects of auditing.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Good, there was lots of the usual leaving/Friday drinks held and it was all very inclusive.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I live in Birmingham anyway, but its a good value place to live in.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Again Bham is pretty cheap compared to London.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
If you're sporty definitely, otherwise there was still quite a lot of social events so overall yes.