After applying for countless jobs and getting bout 50 rejections, I now have 2 job offers. 1 from PWC and 1 in a top 30 accountancy firm. I really really really can’t decide which one to go for. They’re both in Audit and Assurance, both doing the ACA. One starts in december and the other in April and there’s a few grand difference in their pay which isnt really significant to affect my decision. I believe at the smaller firm I will get a wider experience, I will get intensive training and support for the ACA and il be taking 2 ACA exams at a time (1 knowledge and 1 application paper), I will work on projects with AIM listed clients, professionals, privates, public, and have opportunities to work in adivosry and tax divisions too, il have the opportunity to travel to see clients all round the country and also a few abroad, and I will be one of 2 or 3 joining for the same posiiton and the same time (and of 6 or 7 aca students)
On the other hand, PWC well its the best accountnacy firm in the world… how can i turn them down after I worked so hard to get it… I don’t want to throw away this amazing and probably once in a life time opportunity away… but i just dnt know if its right for me… I will be one of maybe 30 or 40 people starting at the same time, I’ve heard that PWC have introduced self study and that the first 2 weeks il be at home by myself teaching myself 3 modules for which il have the exams 3 weeks after i’ve joined. I will be working in a single industry for the first 3years specialising, I know i iwll have plenty of opportunities for secondments abroad and other sectors and industries but i don’t know if that will be possible in the first 3 years. Im pretty sure all of my clients will be in london so no travelling around the country… I know in 3/4 years time i would love to work at pwc because i know the opportunities would be endless… but i dnt know if its the best place for me to gain the wider experience and my ACA qualification right now…
I tried making a list of all the pros and cons simiar to what ive done now, but for each point each firm has both negatives and positives to it so I really can’t decide.
Has anyone, or know of anyone who has maybe trained at a small firm then moved to one of the big 4?
does anyone recommend working at PWC over the smaller firm?
or recomment the smaller firm over PWC?
and does anyone know if it would be easier to move from a smaller firm to a bigger firm, or a bigger firm to a smaller firm.
Im in 2 minds about this, because ppl ive spoken to have sed that later on in life you can always move from pwc to a smaller firm if you dont like it, but it’ll be difficult for you to move to pwc. but pwc did say they take on people once they are ACA quailified. and also the top 30 firms ive had interviews and assessments with have said that they don’t take people who have trained at the big 4 because they have no experience and they are so industry specific so they can’t audit every1. so thats why i dont know if it would be easier to move from the bigger to a smaller. anyone have more knowedge and experience regarding this??
any help, insights, recommendations, thought would very much be appreciated because i really am in 2 minds.