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Graduate careers in accountancy

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Our PROGRAMMES
Qualifications

Our graduate programmes are typically three years, inclusive of studying a professional qualification. Upon completion of the graduate programme you will become a qualified accountant. Apply now

Regardless of which graduate programme you choose to follow, our induction course will set you on your way. It’s an overall introduction to our business, as well as a chance to meet your fellow trainees. Friendships and internal networks are an important part of life here, and this is where it all starts.

From this point your graduate programme will combine three key elements:

  • study towards your professional qualification
  • practical client experience and commercial awareness
  • tailored training programmes – covering both technical and client-facing skills

Graduates find that certain business areas suit their interests and skills more than others. To help you make that choice, we’ve included details of the training programmes in this section. Please take time to study this information, to help you make the right choice.

The Apply Now section explains the kind of work we do in each business area. The information below tells you more about the training each business area requires. And to help you reach your decision, there are also videos of recent BDO trainees in the main disciplines. Wherever you join us, we try to make training as flexible and productive as possible, setting you up for a life-long career.

Professional qualification training

We pay for all your professional qualifications in full. This includes paid study leave, exam fees, course fees, books and materials.

Our learning management system, the Learning Portal, is designed to be a one-stop-shop for all learning activities at the firm – covering both technical and client-facing skills. It combines simple and convenient virtual learning online with face-to-face training and development.

Other training

We try to make training as flexible and relevant as we can for all trainees. And we believe there’s no substitute for first-hand experience. Learning is a two-way process. We will work with you to develop your potential to be the best. But to get the most from the programme, you must be willing to move out of your comfort zone, reflect on your experiences and develop new and creative solutions.

As well as offering you technical seminars and courses that build the specialist knowledge and practical skills you need for your business area, we will also train you in a range of personal, management, client service and client-winning skills. This supports our strategy of putting clients first by developing fully-rounded and versatile individuals.

As well as offering you technical seminars and courses that build the specialist knowledge and practical skills you need for your business area, we will also train you in a range of personal, management, client service and client-winning skills. This supports our strategy of putting clients first by developing fully-rounded and versatile individuals.

Later in your training, you’re likely to be involved in bids for new BDO work. Our experienced bid team will be ready to offer you plenty of support to make your bids as successful as they can be. They advise on strategy, help you to develop key messages and differentiators, and coach each individual for the presentations to potential clients.

Support through the programme

Apart from paying for every aspect of your professional training, BDO will provide you with an extensive network of support – including mentors, partners and your individually assigned counselling manager, who will work with you from day one. Their role is to help you settle in during your first few months, to stretch you and help you realise your full potential during your training contract. You will also be given a ‘buddy’ before you start – another trainee who’s further through the programme.

There is also the Professional Qualifications Team, whose focus is to support you through your professional examinations.