Accountant Trainee at BDO

Start Date:
2017
Location:
South West
Programme Type:
School Leaver Programme
Salary:
£17,000 annually
Review Date:
May 2018

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Review Score

8.7/10

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

9/10

I am an Audit trainee for an accountancy firm. Being within Audit means that I am out visting clients on a daily basis, and interacting with them on a regular basis. Being within audit means sometimes you are on an away job, which consists of going away with fellow colleagues for a week or two. This means you build a close relationship with your work friends, making the job a lot more enjoyable and comfortable. You are responsible over getting your work completed to a good standard, ready for managerial review and it's important you get your work done correctly as it is a clients business at stake.

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

9/10

I have definitely become more confident, as I have to talk to clients every day and be professional at all times. Therefore I know how to compose myself, and be able to deal with difficult situations under pressure, which is always a good skill to have. Im also developing on my organisational skills, in order to keep my stress levels to a minimum.

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?

8/10

I love the team I work with, everyone works closely together, so we get to know one another on both a professional level and personal. The company is very supportive for both work related and personal queries, which is nice knowing you can always go to them with any problems or struggles. The work is difficult alongside with revision, however I expected this, its just being able to deal with pressure and stress appropriately.

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4. How valued do you feel by BDO?

8/10

Very much so. My colleagues always support me, and give me valuable feedback, both positive and improvements. They provide you with opportunities both inside and outside of work. Even as trainee you are given a lot of trust and responsibility meaning you are very heavily involved in completing jobs.

5. How well organised/structured is your programme?

8/10

This isn't the first year of the programme, it has being going on for a few years now. Therefore it is very well organised and structured. Every year they try and improve the induction/training process by asking for feedback, ensuring that each new intake feel valued and understand the programme fully. We had an exciting induction in London, and in terms of studying and training this is always booked into your calendar, with plenty of time to revise before your exams. These things are made common knowledge, enabling you to be as organised as possible. In terms of task delegation, before every job there is a meeting to which they specify who is responsible of what sections etc.

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

8/10

A lot of our exams are self study. However for those exams to which we would have a tutor, they would always make them self available for you, for any questions or additional help. The training centre is always open, which I regularly visit to study, which is helpful having a quiet working space you know you can go to

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

10/10

You are given a counselling manager when you start at BDO. They are there for you for both work related issues and personal. They are always available via phone or email. You have regular meetings with them to see how you are getting on with work and everything in general. They are always positive and trying to find ways of helping you in every way possible. This helps a lot, knowing someone is there for you.

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

10/10

I am currently a school leaver living at home. My salary enables me to save a considerable amount each month, and still live very comfortably. You claim any expenses that are job related, so none of your wages go on traveling for work etc.

8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?

8/10

Yes they give you opportunities to play for various sports teams, and free memberships to occasional events. We regularly have socials, to which we would go out and do various fun activities free of charge. With my job I travel a lot, so it gives me the chance to visit various cities across the world.

9. Would you recommend BDO to a friend?

Yes

9b. Why?

Because the qualification is a very well known qualification, which is thought very highly of. With that, you are being paid to do an interesting job, and working alongside sfriendly and down to earth colleagues.

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

In terms of the beginning process, make sure you really try your hardest with the tests, and do as many practise runs as you can, as a lot of people fall on that hurdle. One through that stage and through to the assessment day, the biggest thing I can say is be as involved as you can, you don't need to know anything about accounting, just get involved with conversations and seem engaged. Also, try and be confident if you can.

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