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I am undergrad senior for accounting. I am 27. I have been told many times that the best thing to do after college is to land a job in a big-4 company. I am not sure if I am willing to put in 60+ hours a week for this “dream job”. If I don’t want to take the “ideal” path, what other options I have? 

That's a tough age to start, but I've seen people do it, but you definitely have to be willing to put in the hours. If you don't want to go down the big 4 path, you can always take a job at a regional firm and work there for 2-3 years before going into a senior accountant job at any Company. That's really your best bet if you want to be in accounting. Now, if hours are a priority, and you're okay moving up slowly in the workforce, you could try going straight into industry. It's unfortunate that it's this way, but in the accounting world, the big 4 are essentially an ivy league type recruiting zone for various companies.


Anonymous said…
Whether it's regional or smaller accounting firms, you still can't get away from the long hours and the long drives. Perhaps you could try internal audit? I'm currently an internal auditor and I've seen some younger colleagues (those who have gone straight from college to internal audit) who are feeling bored on the job...because the job is kind of less stressful than external. They also have some comments wishing how it would be better if they are working with the younger crowd , like their age group. So where can you find the alternative? Public Accounting. I think it's still best to start off at Public Accounting for 2 years and then join the corporate world after.
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