Risk Analyst at BDO

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Start Date:
Central London & City
Programme Type:
School Leaver Programme
Review Date:
September 2013

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1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


I am a Risk analyst, which involves making knowledge based judgements on the IT systems used by large companies such as River Island and Specsavers. I have a reasonable amount of responsibility which makes my job more enjoyable, as I still have a large support network when needed.

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have gained so much more responsibility since I have started which has made me more confident. For example, I can speak to clients and write professional emails/documents. I have been working towards the ACA and have passed 3 exams so far. The study scheme is great because it means I spend a little bit of time at college for some of the exams, or get paid study leave to learn the self-taught exams.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


The programme is great for starting on the career ladder. It entirely depends on the role you wish to join, and luckily I find what I do quite interesting. The company culture is also great because we often has lovely work events, especially the Christmas party. Although BDO are very work orientated, all teams have their share of fun.

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4. How valued do you feel by BDO?


The company ensures that you are happy in what you do. Each new employee is given a counselling manager, who we can speak to with any concerns. This means that if I need time off, I can ask someone within my team and they always look out for what is best for you. There are a number of team meetings too, which again makes you feel part of the team, and despite being the youngest in the team, my opinion still counts.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The programme is very well structed, as I will always be working or studying for exams. I have meetings with my counselling manager every two months just to check that I am progressing and am happy at work.

6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?


The training providers are always very helpful with the apprenticeship part. We are required to complete work books for the Level 4 diploma, and I can always contact my work based assessor via phone or email.

6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?


The HR team are always happy to help with any concerns, as are the team managers. There is support everywhere.

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7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?


Due to high travel costs, what you earn seems like more than you actually get to keep! But the salary is still great for an 18 year old.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?


There are lots of events such as group drinks in our canteen every two months, team drinks roughly every month and the Christmas party. Once a year, we also have a team day out which is great, and there are sports clubs such as football and netball.

9. Would you recommend BDO to a friend?


9b. Why?

It is a really good company to work for.

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BDO?

Ensure that you know what you are applying for, and know that it will be right for you. Just be confident and yourself at the interviews, as they want to get to know you, not just hear about your qualifications. Also, give them one thing to remember you by.

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