Given that our Managing Partner joined BDO straight from school in 1987, after working in Walthamstow Market and choosing to join the workforce rather than go to university, you’d expect us to care a great deal about social mobility.
And we do.
“It’s brilliant to see BDO, and the industry, searching out fresh and diverse talent to arrive through our doors. I still remember my ‘lightbulb moment’: I could earn a salary at the same time as getting an internationally-recognised qualification but not build up the debts associated with being at university? Why on earth would I not join a school leaver programme?!
I’m often asked what the hardest part of being a school leaver is and my response is always the same: the jump from being a dependent sixth former to being a responsible adult in the workplace...from day one at BDO, I’ve been able to count on an extensive network of support, including mentors, partners, my personal counselling manager and a student qualification manager who supports me through my professional exams.
For a few more years, I know that I will be developing skills and working towards a qualification that will open up so many doors for me. And, when I look at it like that, I realise that starting work as a school leaver was a smart investment.”