1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Opportunity to try out both audit and tax. In audit I was working on a variety of tasks including some tasks in Business Development. In tax I was given a research project to do and write a report on which I enjoyed. Also got to go out to two client meetings and see what its like meeting a client to do audit work and a stocktake.
The core day is 9:00 - 5:15 (with 1 hour for lunch).
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
How to provide good customer/client service. Team work skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed the programme very much - I got a good insight into what working in audit and tax is like. I also got to learn about the ACA qualification and BDO's summer school and graduate programme which I enjoyed as it helps gives an insight into what I'd be doing when i'm not yet qualified.
4. How valued do you feel by BDO?
Received recognition for my work and got feedback from projects. BDO made an effort to make sure everyone on the programme felt welcomed and comfortable and even though it's only a 2 week programme they make you feel as though you're a full time employee.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very well organised. All the students on the programme spent the first day in London (Baker Street) for the induction day where we learnt about BDO and did team building exercises. I also got to visit the Gatwick office as well as the Guildford office. We were set up on a computer system which gave us timetables so we knew exactly where we'd be going - whether it was in the office or out to meet a client and what we'd be doing - a partner shadow, working in tax or audit etc.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I was given a support counsellor and a "buddy". I was given some contacts from my office and the London and Gatwick offices so there was always someone I could email if had any problems or questions.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Regular emails from Baker Street to ensure everything is going okay. On your final day you have an interview to see how you found the experience etc. Lots of support.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
£200 for 2 weeks work experience as well as being able to claim back travel expenses.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Summer Party - I missed the one for my office but heard it was good.
9. Would you recommend BDO to a friend?
Great work experience - learnt a lot of skills and also got an insight into a possible future career.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BDO?
Interview Process: 2 online tests then I was invited to an interview where I had to give a presentation. The next day I was called and told I was accepted a place and afterwards received an email confirming my place. In the few months I had between being accepted and starting I was sent a lot of emails and letters to sign. Everything was very informative so I knew where I was going and for what time (dress code, address etc).
Be prepared to travel (and get up early!). I was only told the day before that I had a client meeting to go to the next day which would take me and hour and a half to get to. Make sure you plan your route to and from work (to the office and to your client meetings) with varying times as you don't know how long you may be at a client meeting.
Keep all travel receipts so you can claim them back - over two weeks the expense builds up and its definitely worth claiming back!
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