1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
My role is that of Audit assistant. On a day to day basis I will perform testing of different areas of the financial statements, such as Cash, Fixed Assets, Payroll, Overheads and Investments. On top of this I will perform board minute reviews and assist in the planning and setting up of client work files. I report directly to seniors, assistant and senior managers.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I am currently studying for my ACA exam along with being provided with anit-money laundering training as part of my employment. I have learn a great deal while on the job in relation to different financial standards, and I have grown in confidence as you often deal with clients in very senior positions
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the team very much, all members of my team are friendly and never refuse to help whenever I need help. The work is enjoyable, and while it can get difficult and stressful, this is beneficial as it shows you are learning, and will push you to succeed. It has met my expectations well.
4. How valued do you feel by BDO?
I do feel like an appreciated member of the team due to praise from seniors and managers. I have also won two quarterly awards for the work which I have performed on jobs.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The course is structured well, with time being given to you in between exams for relaxation, along with plenty of time being offered before exams in order for preparation. The coursework side of my CFAB course was slightly unstructured due to the assessor at BPP leaving.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
As mentioned previously, at first there was very little help offered in terms of work to be completed to meet the CFAB qualification. However this has improved.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We receive a small amount of help from the employer in terms of exams, as we receive two self study days per self taught exam. Managers are also aware that exams come before work and can make plans for you to help manage your time.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
This does meet my costs well in terms of travelling and accommodation, however I live at home with a relatively cheap travel expense, therefore I think this could increased.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are lots of opportunities outside of work in terms of meeting other people, such as monthly drinks and the football team. We also always attempt to attend meals as thankyou for the work we have performed on jobs.
9. Would you recommend BDO to a friend?
Because BDO are paying for me to get a great qualification, while also providing me with assistance. The work in enjoyable and challenging, however you always feel supported.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BDO?
The application process can be difficult, especially the online competency exams, so practice these online before attempting the actual application ones. Reasearch BDO and make sure you are aware of what they are going to ask in your interviews so you are prepared. The assessment day is interesting. As long as you put the work in, you will succeed.
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