1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Tax work - Most of the time I complete tax computations for groups of companies to calculate their tax liability and submit these to HMRC. I talk to clients for the information we need and ask any managers if I need help.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I was new to working in accountancy so have learnt some accountancy skills through my exams and have learnt how to use the various bdo programmes in order to complete the computations.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
It can get very busy in certain months of the year which is a problem. It is also hard work revising for exams alongside work. Apart from this I have enjoyed working with everyone that I have worked with.
4. How valued do you feel by BDO?
As a trainee I have not yet gained enough experience or knowledge to be valued higher and there are also many other people at a similar level to me. I do, however, feel that people appreciate my hard work. A lot of managers are quick to say thank you and many take the opportunity to nominate you for awards.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I don't think it is very well structured with hardly any exams in the first 2 years and then more frequent exams in the last 3 when the exams are harder. I am also required to complete booklets which take many hours to complete each and do not seem to teach me anything. I think that these are a waste of time.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
I receive support in respect of the workbooks and study material and classes, however, do not feel like there is any additional support.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I get time off for college but think that we could do with a couple of study days.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
I work in London so my costs are much higher than most other locations. The salary is also higher but I feel like it should be higher in order to reflect the living costs.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are regular socials organised which are good. There are xmas meals and the socials are all paid for. There are some sporting activities and groups. This is good but to improve I would enjoy a couple of days where we all volunteered somewhere.
9. Would you recommend BDO to a friend?
If they wanted to work in accountancy then I would say its a fairly typical accountancy firm.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BDO?
The programme is five years and I would consider that seriously before applying.
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