1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
Working as a junior to assist in the testing undertaken to gain assurance over the financial statements via and Audit.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
My Professional scepticism and general understanding of Accounting within business's has improved along with my team working skills.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
Sometimes the work life balance is difficult and is very much a step up from education. Having to complete exams along with a full time job can sometimes be an issue. The like minded people I work with however add a vibrant setting for any young professional.
4. How valued do you feel by BDO?
Managers in the office know me by name but we are unfortunately just resources in the end in an under staffed industry.
5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The general programme of AAT and then ACA is quite simple and clear. However college dates etc are not to be expected to be revealed very far in advance.
6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
In my office we currently study with Kaplan for AAT. I find all of the tutors very helpful and they are more than happy to discuss any queries with you outside of the classroom in preparation for exams.
6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
Each employee is assigned a buddy along with a counselling manager. You are encouraged to seek help with any issues from these people. People are more than happy to help.
7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
Salaries are steadily rising and I am grateful of this. New trainees are not expected to earn much, but the prospects of increasing pay each year of training is very exciting.
8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
I am currently part of the social committee and we organise events using a company budget for everyone in the firm. You are also encouraged to take part in local networking events.
9. Would you recommend BDO to a friend?
The opportunity to gain experience, a salary and a prestigious qualification in a multinational firm over university is a no-brainer.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BDO?
Research BDO and spend time considering why you want to work for BDO opposed to another firm.
As a school leaver, you will not likely have any experience in working in a professional firm or audit/tax, so don't feel like you have nothing to offer. What BDO look for is commitment, ambition and potential.
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