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Why choose BDO?

Recently, I hosted a presentation by 2 consultants from BDO – Tom Kelly and Ricky Shah, who were giving tips for City students about how to deliver presentations at graduate assessment centres. Although they gave useful advice,  what really stood out for me was how well they got on together and the friendship they had formed since meeting as new graduates at BDO. The impression they gave about their company  was very much about a working culture of friendliness as well as professionalism, together with  an excellent work life balance. I could now say a bit about why friendliness and happiness at work is so important, but it just sounds too cheesy, so I won’t!

Many City students focus on getting into the ‘Big 4’ and this has understandable appeal. But if what I’ve said about the firm appeals to you, then it would certainly be worth considering BDO as a potential employer. Also – even if  your A level results aren’t as strong as you would have liked, BDO could still be a possibility for you. Though they are the fifth largest professional services/accountancy firm, they are only asking for 280 UCAS points – that’s BBC. Maths and languages are always an advantage.

Each year, BDO offers 50 internships and 200 graduate opportunities, with 2 intakes a year. The career pathways on offer are audit, tax and advisory, which includes consultancy. For the consultancy pathway, graduates take the Certificate in Business Accounting, a CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) qualification and Prince 2.  For audit, ACCA is taken. It is possible to gain experience in a wide range of sectors including business services, real estate/construction, leisure and hospitality, NGOs, retail, government services, healthcare and international projects. Read more about BDO here: http://www.bdograduaterecruitment.co.uk/Home