Hello there! I’m waiting on A-level results but hoping to go to the University of Manchester. Over the past couple of years during A-levels, I’ve been thinking about what I want to do. I’ve heard being a chartered accountant in practice can get boring, but what struck me was the opportunities I’ve been reading about that are available in industry.
What I want to know is if I got an ACA training contract with a firm outside the big4 - as I know it’s extremely competitive, how would it affect my opportunities once qualified? I have been doing some research into jobs, and it seems a fair few of the larger MNCs express a desire for ‘big4’ experience/training.
How easy is it to get a good job in industry if I trained at my local firm in Guildford? Or am I completely undermining the respectability of the ACA qualification.
Finally, could someone tell me about the different roles available in industry? Some specific areas would be great, and again, would I be limited if I got non-big4 training?