1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I have been a summer school intern based on the audit floor. This means I have worked as part of the audit team on a number of different client's accounts. I have been able to go offsite and visit two clients for a total of 3 days (out of the 9 days in the Leicester office). As well as working in audit I have also had the opportunity to go to different departments and experience different job roles. These departments include accounting and business advisory, business restructure and personal and corporate tax. Externally I have been talking to clients and interacting with them to obtain the information needed for audit tests.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I feel like I have experienced a very professional working environment which can enabled me to improve my professional skills. I have also felt like my confidence has grown as I have been able to work, interact and ask questions to new working clients and colleagues.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It has been very enjoyable, feeling part of an established team. I have learned new skills and about new sectors within accounting, and it has given me and insight into the accounting working world.
4. How valued do you feel by BDO?
I feel very valued as my counselling manager has been in contact with me everyday so far and the office is a very pleasant working environment to be in. I have met many new people in this 2 week experience and each person as been as welcoming as the next.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is well organised as I have mostly known what I am doing a day in advance. If I haven't known what I had planned going into the office I have been informed of planes by my counselling manager after I have been in the office around 5 minutes.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I've received support from my counselling manager everyday so far. I have also felt supported by the people I work with, and people who have taught me on certain days.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I have had a partner interview which has enabled me to talk with a main person at BDO; they were very supportive and the interview was very useful.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary I have been paid for the two weeks was a extra that I didn't expect, but I have warmly accepted. I have also had the opportunity to reimburse my travel expenses, so I have sent an email regarding this.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
As I have been at the BDO Leicester office for just under 2 weeks there has been little company events or activities I have been envolved, but there are regular office email regarding charity work, events and fantasy football.
9. Would you recommend BDO to a friend?
It has been a good experience of the corporate accounting world, and has opened my eyes to new sectors I didn't think would interest me as much as others. Its been a fantastic leaning experience, in an environment which I felt comfortable.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BDO?
Take as many opportunities you can that come your way, and don't be afraid to ask questions.