Working within Accountancy Practice, you will develop certain habits that will help your career for the rest of your working life. You’ll learn to seek out dedication and excellence, have professional scepticism and be able to take a broader view of a business. These are all skills that will serve you well in any other firm you choose to join – be it Industry or Practice.
And, if candidates were to look to Practice roles, they might realise that it has as many positives to offer as Industry.
But you may wonder if this is really the path for you. Would you be better off working at a smaller accounting firm to gain “all round” experience or remaining with Practice and aiming for The Big 4?
There are many benefits to remaining in Practice. Here are just some of the reasons why aiming for The Big 4 is a smart career move:
How often are you going to get the opportunity for a globally renowned firm with offices in just about every city imaginable? You will be exposed to something new every day, making every time you walk in to work the chance to learn something new and add to your skills set. You will rapidly develop expertise and knowledge that simply cannot be picked up anywhere else.
Work with the best
Competition to get a position within The Big 4 is fierce, so you know that the talent pool will be top quality. Whether it’s a colleague, line manager or a mentor, you will be working alongside motivated, dedicated and intelligent people every day. Whilst this might sound simple, the chance to learn from such driven and focused individuals is something that you will come to truly appreciate.
It’s easy to progress your career relatively quickly within The Big 4, since annual promotion is part and parcel of most positions. So, if the thought of a stagnant career doesn’t do it for you, this is one way to avoid it. Climbing the ladder within these firms can also lead to lucrative job offers from elsewhere, since you’ll have the experience and knowledge to go further.
When clients outwith The Big 4 are recruiting, naturally they will look over your existing experience. Having spent a portion of your career at a Big 4 firm commands respect. It proves that you have dedicated yourself to a fast-paced working environment and were able to make the cut in the first place. You will not have to spend your time convincing employers to speak to you – they’ll already be interested.
Good career practice
Working within The Big 4, you will develop certain habits that will help your career for the rest of your working life. You’ll learn to seek out dedication and excellence, have professional scepticism and be able to take a broader view of a business. These are all skills that will serve you well in any other firm you choose to join.
If you would like to speak to me about opportunities within Accountancy Practice, I would be happy to discuss your career confidentially. Click here to see my contact details.