1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
as a summer school intern my role involved shadowing and assisting the audit team at an onsite audit and interacting with the client in a professional manner.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I feel that I have developed many skills over the summer school; such as the ability to form better interpersonal relations with clients and colleagues, a greater understanding of terms used in accounting and audit and how to complete several tests among many other skills. However the most important skill I have developed is only starting to flourish, I feel I have developed a basic understanding of audit and each day when attending the clients I have learned the skills to perform new tests, use new terms and more importantly, have been told the reasoning's, uses and aims of these to further my understanding. Specifically, I have been introduced to the way in which BDO conducts audit and the practices involved, I have already found myself adapting to this and using the same kinds of table designs, formats and headers that I have seen on the previous year’s audit almost automatically.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
The thing I have enjoyed most about my time with BDO is experiencing the people, from friendly clients to the audit team it is interesting and motivating to see their enthusiasm for work. There have been more than a few instances when members of the team have been excited about completing a section or test and even been excited about being able to explain accounting terms and practices to me so that I can grasp them correctly. I really enjoyed all of my tasks and was very excited myself once I finished a task or section and gained a great feeling of pride and accomplishment. With every new thing that I have learnt I desire to learn even more and my appetite for knowledge has only grown during this experience.
4. How valued do you feel by BDO?
I have felt very valued by BDO and welcomed by everyone, I was fully involved in meaningful tasks with the rest of the team and given lots of feedback and felt comfortable enough to ask for hep or clarity
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
the induction to the programme is excellent, on the first day all summer school interns meet in London and laptops are distributed a general induction takes place, on the second day we are shown around the local office and have a more detailed induction and the support and organisation throughout the rest of the programme is exemplary
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
everyone was very accessible and I felt like there were no silly questions, everyone was happy to be patient with me and explain things again if I didn't understand
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I received a lot of support before the summer school and someone was always there to answer any queries and I felt very welcomed into the business, I also received financial support to cover expenses
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
travel costs could be claimed back and you are given £200 after completion however it was not stated whether this was intended for food or loss of earnings or simply a reward, this could have been better identified
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
we were told about the many activities that the Manchester office had however none of these were happening during the two weeks so therefore could not attend but there is a programme that is similar to msn where you can talk to people and social events could be arranged through this but I felt as though there wasn't enough time to have social events after work as it was tiring during the day but I did not mind this as I really enjoyed it
9a. Would you recommend BDO to a friend? *
9b. Why? *
because they are such a welcoming and friendly company who really cares about the people and are also such a talented group of people and supportive
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BDO? *
research the company and industry very well before your interview, try to use key terms as showing your understanding will be impressive
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