1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On a day to day basis I will generally be performing various audit tasks, primarily as part of execution (ie obtaining audit information on site at a client) or in completion (ie updating draft financial statements and similar). This leads to a very varied role.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many things in my role, such as the need for clear explanation and good organisation in my approach to things which has helped outside of work also
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I do really enjoy my role as it is varied and provides me with the opportunity to take on responsibility and to develop myself
4. How valued do you feel by BDO?
I feel valued by the people I work for regularly, although I’m not sure this extends to the wider business and management
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
There’s much room for improvement here, primarily from BPP the training provider, as I have had a couple of government enforced exams added into my programme which I did not sign up to and was only given very late notice for, therefore it is difficult to plan ahead and know what my exact programme is.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive more than enough support From BPP however as stated their communication is very very poor.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer could not be more supportive of me both in and out of exams. For example if I fail an exam I get an additional day study leave paid and the offer of support from more senior people within my firm to help me succeed
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Initially my salary was below the work I was doing however I have had a recent payrise and I feel this is sufficient to cover the costs of my role.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
A few, socially and otherwise however I feel this is something I would like there to be more of in order to create a better group
9. Would you recommend BDO to a friend?
It is a brilliant place to work with full support and the people are so fun and knowledgable to work with
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BDO?
I would say the main thing is to understand what you want from the role and to be confident in your abilities
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