Main duties were assisting staff on numerous audits for both large and small clients. General tasks completed in addition to this were account checks, research and gaining firm understanding of employment opportunities within the firm.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Excellent working environment, but job is not as statistical as my degree. Great experiance in audit and how businesses operate. I managed to get on a few different audit from large PLC's to small LTD's and partnerships.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
I felt very valued as it wasnt just ticking which I had to do. I was given actual reports to write which, once reviewed, were signed off by a partner. I was only able to this on simpler clients with non-complex operations.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Brillant support from newly qualified accountants. They taught me the basics of auditing balances such as cash and trade receivables. I managed to pick up the bare bones on conducting an audit fairly quickly.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Always something to do, occasionally rushed to meet deadlines or without work, but not very often. This sometimes also depended on the client and how quickly they can get information to us. Sometimes they took longer than others and meant we had little to do.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
As mentioned above i was given the opportunity to write reports, but these were reviewed by the senior on the audit to bring it up to scratch. In addition, i was able to perform walkthrough of controls in place at the client by interviewing employees at the client site.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Valuable presentational, networking and organisational skills developed, which will be useful in and out of work.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Relaxed and fun but not a party! Ideal. But this will depend on the audit team you are put with. different clients will have different audit teams and therefore you will be working with a number of people from audit to audit.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Very organised for their first structured internship. I always had something to do and knew where i was going. This meant i got as much out of the internship as possible.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
A lot was laid on for us, whether it be social events or professional activities. You have to actually join the firm to start sitting professional exams and set on your route to become an accountant.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Fairly appealing. Obtaining an ACA qualification at BDO would be very helpful for the future, and it is an excellent environment to do it in.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Fairly good, although some interns started to form "cliques" and structure social events around their own personal needs.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Commuting from Kent cost 20% of gross salary, socialising in London expensive in comparison to home/student bars.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Always something to do, excellent. A little expensive in london though.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?