1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On a day to day basis I am responsible for assisting the audit seniors in a wide variety of roles along with communicating with a number of different clients, asking questions and gathering information
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I feel that I have developed my confidence though working at BDO along with my speaking and interactive skills, as I consistently have to show these day in day out
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I do enjoy the programme with regards to the work. However I feel hat the apprenticeship side is a tad boring and I'm not learning anything new from doing it.
4. How valued do you feel by BDO?
I feel valued at BDO however we do not get enough recognition from senior managers when we have achieved something.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It is relatively well structured however I feel that the setting of a self taught exam at the same time as an assignment, was not well organised and put additional pressure on us when it was not necessary
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
We receive a lot of support from BPP however as stated previously, I think the timing of setting assignments and the content of the work needs to be reviewed
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We receive a lot of support from our employer, this is shown by regular catchups regarding our BPP progress
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My salary for the hours worked and the cost of living and travelling to Bristol is not enough, I don't think it's online with what wages should be in a city like Bristol.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are limited opportunities outside of work. However regular social events are run
9a. Would you recommend BDO to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
Because they are a good employer who looks after you well, and integrates the training contract into the work environment well.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BDO? *
To think if it is something you are really wanting to do as it is pressured and hard work, but is a place where you can develop quickly and enhance your personal skills.
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