1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Assisting in the audit execution, completing APT sections, completing PAR/FAR's, Communication with clients, ETD meetings, Working on different jobs in different industries and travelling to clients across the country.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Working towards ACA qualification , been to a week long accounting course and courses at college for exams are on throughout the year, also picked up a lot of new skills and knowledge from peers and people I have been working with.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the programme a lot, it is a good way of getting the chartered accountancy status at the end of the 5 years and it also helps working for a reputable company because you can develop skills and enhance your knowledge within the accountancy industry. I find that I learn something new everyday.
4. How valued do you feel by BDO?
There is good levels of feedback from seniors and managers you work with, both positive and negatives. When you do something good you get praised and if you do something not so good you get feedback on how to improve for next time.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme is very organised, I know what exams I have coming up and what assignments I need to have handed in by specific deadlines. This helps plan your work around your studies and outside of work life.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
BPP is our training provider, generally they do provide a good service and the tutors are accessible with any questions we might have.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
There is a lot of support there from BDO, everyone is approachable and willing to help, we also have our own counselling manager who we can speak to if we have any concerns.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
My starting salary covers my cost of living comfortably, commuting to work, daily living costs, paying for a car and rent. Generally for my age the starting salary is good.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
Yes, there are away days, social events in Manchester and a first Friday drinks event held once a month. Also BDO do a qualified v trainee event which is good fun.
9. Would you recommend BDO to a friend?
If you are interested in the finance/accountancy sector this is the route to take over going to uni, at the end of it you are getting paid to learn which is far better than going to uni and coming away with student debt.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BDO?
The application process can be tough as a lot of people are interested, I would recommend to do your research beforehand and practice your interview technique, the staff at BDO can usually tell within the first 2 minutes of an interview whether they are going to put them through!
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