1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a trainee business advisor in the financial reporting department. My role consists mainly of preparing statutory accounts for limited companies. On a day-to-day basis, I import clients trial balances into software and help top prepare the year end accounts. I also clear any variances which I find in the accounts.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed new skills in my ability to use different software's such as excel and accounting software. I have become proficient tin using excel and vastly improved my ability to use it to a high standard from when I first joined. I have also improved my maths skills by constantly being around and using numbers on a day to day basis.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme as it gives me a good platform to start my career and gives me the opportunity to progress towards my goal of being a chartered accountant in the future. it also helps improve valuable skills along the way such as teamwork and communication skills which are vital in everyday life and all types of work.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I feel my programme is very well organised and structured. This is because I know everyday what I am meant to be doing and what the job I have to complete is. furthermore, all days I am off work due to college are very clear and given well in advanced. This helps as I am able to prepare for exams well in advance.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer are very generous and always give support to me if I ask for it or they feel like I may need it. they are always happy to help and always go above and beyond for any employee if they ask for some assistance. This is beneficial as if I am stuck with anything I know I can always ask someone.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
My training provider is very good at providing support. they put up on the website practice question and content information when I am studying for an exam. they also provided a talent coach that rings monthly to check up on how I am doing and if need any support going forward.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
My qualifications help me perform better at work as it helps me understanding more about my jobs and what/why I am doing what I am. This allows me to work more independently at times as I understand my tasks more due to the information I am learning for my qualifications.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
There are extra curricular activities such as football teams, events such as mountain climbing and CSR days which include raising money for charity. one example of this is I play for the work football team (6 a side) in a league against other teams. This gives a good work - social life balance and allows colleagues to bond.
9a. Would you recommend BDO to a friend?
AAT gives a good opportunity to anyone who wants to learn about accounting and accounting techniques. AAT also gives you good resources such as practice questions and practice mocks to try before your real exams. AAT also gives you rewards such as student discounts and discounts in lots of different stores.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BDO?
I would say make sure you use the resources AAT make available to you as they are very useful and give you a good understanding of the exam layout and what the exam questions will be like when you sit the real thing. I would say start at a low level e.g Level 2 or 3 and work your way up rather then jumping in at the deep end at ACCA or ACA.
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