Hello everybody, I am a little bit confused and distressed.
I secured a summer internship position for a big 4 firm this year, and there is a good chance I will get a job offer (well, hopefully anyway) . However, I just found out that this particular office for this Big 4 firm is recruiting graduates to fill positions in its ‘delivery centre assurance line’ . In other words, even If I did a good job at the internship, the job offer wouldn’t be a conventional practice-based training contract, but one in which I will be part of a delivery centre.
The graduate training contract is ACA, and is based in Ireland. The job requires travel to the mainland (England) Monday-Thursday, and returning to the Irish office on Friday. I’ve spoke with a few accountants and the general consensus seems to be that working as part of a delivery centre isn’t great experience; you would be better working at a smaller firm as it is essentially outsourcing cheap labour to do grunt work elsewhere .
Should I still do the internship? Have I got the wrong idea of delivery centres? I just want progression and to be learning the ‘right stuff’ of auditing- I am pretty certain working as part of a delivery centre will stunt my progress in this regard.
One last question: If I was to do the internship and receive an offer, would it be worth declining the offer, and putting the Big 4 offer/internship on the CV and then leveraging that for other firms (the other big 3, GT/BDO etc).
Any insight would be great!