1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am an audit trainee based in the BDO Reading office. Daily it depends on which client i am booked to, but my daily roles include carrying out their year end audit. Generally daily i interact with the audit senior, manager and the trainee below me.My responsibilities generally include the various sections of the audit i am doing, and reviewing and looking after the trainee and being their first port of call for questions.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have developed good team skills personally, i have also got various qualifications through doing exams. Internal training courses include updating us with new legislation or guidance, and external training courses include training with regard to exams. Personal and professional skills I have developed generall relate to team work, I have also devleoped good people skills from interacting with people everyday, and I have learnt a lot about the financial world
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy the workI do, i think it is interesting and i learn a lot everyday. I love the people i work iwth, everyone at BDO is great to work with and I love the company culture and the atmosphere in the office. This working life definitely exceeded my expectations I initially have, and i really enjoy the programme.
4. How valued do you feel by BDO?
I feel valued at BDO from appreciation from managers, and appraisals I've received. I've also specifically had clients request me for the next year audit, and give feedback to the managers and partners specifically about me. I was also chosen to model for the marketing material, which makes me feel valued.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
Induction was taken place in london, and i got to meet all the trainees in my intake, and all the new people in my office. I received two weeks training in Cambridge in order to learn auditing and basic accounting skills. For studying you generally go to college, but if not you self teach the ecxam information and for this eveyrione in the office is so supportive and always willing to help. Mentor system is that you get a 'buddy' who is a few years above you, and they guide you in your first few weeks, you also get a counselling manager for appraisals etc.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
The support we recieve from our training provider is generally good, they're good at replying and easy to talk to. You get assigned an assessor who guides you through the exams and you catch up with them every few months. They help you and your counselling manager know where you should be up to in your apprenticeship and they mark your assignments. I enjoy working with my assessor.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My managers are really supportive and always willing to help with queries or issues, as is my mentor. The HR team are always nice and easy to talk to as well. I've found everyone gets back to me very quickly and i find them very accessible. They all have a good attitude about supporting me.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
The salary from BDO is a lot higher than expected for a school leaver. It more than covers my living, travel and daily costs. Also, because we are in Reading, we get london weighting for salaries which is an extra bonus.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
There are always company social events and activities going on, for example last year we visited pinewood studios for a stunt action day which was great. We have vairous clubs as well which compete against other firms, such as softball and football. There's always events being organised by people, which is a great way to get to know other people in the office and in different departments.
9. Would you recommend BDO to a friend?
BDO are very supportive and good at listening to us. The people that I work with are great, and the office life is wonderful. I really enjoy being a part of the BDO team.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BDO?
For the application process and interviews, make sure that you practice before hand, and for the assessment days too. Ensure your spelling and grammar and basic things like that are right.
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