• Name: Chandni Shah
  • Job Title: Audit Trainee
  • Location: London
  • Degree: BA Accounting & Finance
  • Areas of Specialism: Audit and Assurance

What was the application process like?

The application process was fair, structured and well managed. What was interesting was the personalised approach to feedback – for example during the interview stage we received feedback about our performance via a telephone call, regardless of the outcome. This demonstrated BDO’s interest and commitment to the career progression of all candidates.

What do you like about the BDO graduate scheme?

The BDO graduate scheme is an excellent launchpad for a career in accountancy and has helped me build a strong professional network. The scheme is underpinned by an exceptional training programme which is designed to instil the necessary skills and behavioural competencies for the work place and simultaneously prepares trainees for the exams.

How much responsibility do you have?

From the outset I have been given a range of responsibilities and challenges which are aligned to my position and am encouraged to own my work and discuss it directly with client stakeholders. Equally there is a wide range of expertise and support available at all times to help me learn.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Every day and every client is different. I really enjoy gaining exposure to the variety of work across the client portfolio and working with different people. I have the opportunity to gain experience across all sorts of different industries, like legal and professional services, recruitment and architecture. There’s never a dull day!

How do you find balancing study and work?

There’s no denying it, getting the right balance between study and work is difficult. However the extensive support available at BDO through assistance with workload management, study leave, study groups and having understanding managers helps to make sure I can find the time to fit everything in.

How have you found your BDO experience so far?

The experience has been incredible and really exceeded my expectations. Though I still have a long way to go, I have noticed significant enhancements in my skills and competencies, both personally and professionally. I feel like a more confident, well rounded person and have made some great friends along the way too.

What do you think makes BDO different?

Having nearly completed my first year at BDO, I believe what makes BDO different is the quality of the training and development programmes, the ‘open door’ culture where managers and even partners are approachable and the focus on continuous learning. Employees are recognised for their efforts and their contributions are valued. BDO’s structure and client network also provides an ideal opportunity for trainees to gain great insight at each stage of the audit instead of being limited to specific areas.

Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to join BDO?

Be bold, demonstrate commitment and seize the opportunity!

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