Get a head start in your career as you gain invaluable industry experience in a leading professional services firm.

Working with a variety of clients and surrounded by talented minds who will help you succeed, our Industrial Placement is your chance to move ahead in your career.

You’ll join either our Audit & Assurance, Advisory, Tax or Business Services & Outsourcing department (we call them ‘streams’). In a year that will stretch your experience beyond the classroom, early responsibility and purpose will be yours as you shape your future alongside graduates, managers, directors and partners, who will respect and value your input.

We cover a diverse range of sectors across the UK and the world. With exposure to different industries, you’ll be able to start building a powerful network to kickstart your personal as well as professional growth.

First steps

Your welcome to the firm begins several weeks before your official start date. We’ll provide you with a wide range of information that prepares you for your future role.

We kick things off with an informative induction, which is when we’ll introduce you to life at the firm. It’s your chance to get to know fellow trainees from across the UK, as well as several partners and managers, and begin building a strong network at BDO.

Induction continues back at your local office, where we’ll offer events and resources tailored to your specific area of work. We want to get you up and running as a fully-fledged member of the team as soon as possible.

Always there to support you

When you join us, we’ll make your development our priority as you thrive in an environment built to help you succeed. You’ll get plenty of opportunities to develop your skills in areas that include audit, tax advice, risk management, forensic accounting, business restructuring and corporate finance. But it’s the people you’ll meet who will really help you succeed.

At BDO, you can be yourself, share ideas, and know you’ll be respected and valued for your contribution. You can have confidence that you are part of an organisation with purpose, where you’ll have variety and opportunity to build your career path alongside people who will help you achieve your goals.

In an innovative environment that will build your skills, confidence and network, along the way, you’ll enjoy excellent support including coaching and mentoring.

Your training

Our 12 month Industrial Placement Programme starts in September and will help you gain invaluable knowledge and skills and gain exposure to BDO and our people, which could lead to an offer of a graduate role.

During your programme, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the different specialisms within your stream and contribute to a range of client projects as part of the team. This will allow you to expand your portfolio of skills and experience a breadth of opportunity to increase your future options and build a platform to develop your career. Alongside extensive training, you’ll also have the opportunity to build your network with peers and colleagues for when you return after university.

We want you to succeed as much as you do, so together we’ll shape a learning and development path that’s right for you.

Who can apply?

For our Industrial Placement, you need:

  • To be a second year undergraduate university student on a four-year degree completing a work placement in your third year
  • A predicted 2:2 degree in any discipline
  • Three A-levels or equivalent at A* to C excluding General Studies and Extended Projects (obtained or predicted)
  • A 9 – 4 in Maths and English at GCSE or equivalent (we will also consider qualifications from outside the UK)


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