1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I'm an audit trainee. The role involves client interactions daily. I have always felt responsible for my own work but not completely responsible for the whole audit due to the seniors reviewing.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
-Excel skills -Communication skills -Knowledge within the given field of Audit -Presentation skills
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The culture of the business is one of BDO's key elements. It makes working within the company pleasurable as personal and professional client relationships form
4. How valued do you feel by BDO?
Appreciation and feedback is given to all. This happens through a self review method which managers and seniors comment on your work for each client. This allows for continual improvement. Then there is a six monthly review with the counselling manager who observes the comments of other managers.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There is an induction day in London that explains all and you gain to learn the structure on the job. The structure is good and managers have been accepting if I get confused for the first year on what is what.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
BPP College University is the training provider. The teaching in preparation for the exam is very good. However, the assignments can seem a little tedious and pointless.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There are many opportunities to receive feedback and seek help. I had a problem this year, in which my employer was amazingly supportive through the whole process.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
A lot of people think the salary is low. However, considering the qualification is included. I am content that my salary meets my everyday costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
The company organises events such as drinks after work or a ball within the winter ball.
9a. Would you recommend BDO to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I have learnt so much in the last 12 months, both academic and soft skills required. The support system is very good as well.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BDO? *
Focus on the culture of the business. The company's four values as these are intertwined within the daily workings of the company.
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