1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I was an intern in the Financial Services department. My daily tasks included doing different types of testing on samples. Sometimes I worked from within the office and sometimes I visited a client site.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed my MS Excel skills greatly - as someone who thought I knew all MS programmes quite well I was surprised about how many things I learnt in 2 weeks which I didn't know you could do. Gained interpersonal skills integrating with people on all different levels and clients.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoyed the programme very much. The teams I worked with were great and the atmosphere was very positive. It definitely exceeded my expectations as I didn't expect to do so much real client work. I was quite sad when it came to an end.
4. How valued do you feel by BDO?
You feel really valued by BDO as you get to do real and important work as parts of very supportive team and you can even visit clients. Your manager and buddy are also there to support you. Also a lot of people want your help which really makes you feel like an important part of the team.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
It was well structured with an induction and you had meetings with your manager. You had a clear support. I think task delegation could be improved as at times you have no work and had to ask around at a lot of people to find work and at other times you have 5 people wanting to give you work at the same time.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
Formal training was not part of the programme so I did not have a training provider, but BDO did provide a lot of support generally.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
You receive a lot of support. You have a project supervisor in your department who is like your first point of contact, as well as a counselling manager and a buddy. All of these people can help you if you have any problem, and are also great people just to talk to.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The internship is paid and I should receive reimbursement for my travel so assuming that goes smoothly then yes, the package does meet your costs. This is very good as at many work experiences you don't receive any payment.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I was only there for 2 weeks but it definitely seems so! On my first week I attended the Summer Party at one of the partner's houses which was a lot of fun and there seemed to be a lot people organising events for the future.
9a. Would you recommend BDO to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
I had such a great time interning at BDO and your colleagues do really feel like your friends! The work was a lot more interesting than expected and BDO just felt really friendly and supportive.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BDO? *
Don't be nervous! At every stage of the process I felt really nervous but each time afterwards I was like "what was I so nervous about?" I think the only part which needs preparation is the assessment centre. Interviews are more about getting to know you and giving you a chance to know BDO.
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