Originally Posted by Johnny_5
I am in the same predicament as you longskate, and I am scared of making a mistake at such a critical point in my life. Personally speaking, I think Big 4 really is what you make of it. I have done a lot of research and spoke to many accountants. There are people who hate it and say it's boring, and there are people who absolutely love it. You really need to immerse yourself and look at it as a learning experience instead of just another job. I think all of these accounting threads have come to the same conclusion: Big 4 is GOLD on a resume. Can it suck? Definitely. But you need to pay your dues in public auditing, and absorb as much as you can. Make connections so it is easier to transition into something else.
I have read a lot about getting a job in finance too. From what I have gathered, they are not very concerned about your major, although a business major would probably be preferred, but more about your way of thinking and solving problems. So in theory, if you majored in coconut husking and you have a good resume that can land you an interview, an offer might come your way. I could be wrong though. Maybe someone more qualified in finance can chime in.
The entry level can suck in finance too, unless you can land a sick internship that puts you ahead of all the others in the rat race. Do you really want to try to enter the finance field given the current financial crisis?
My Dad's work has a financial dept. that has a co-op program. I applied last year but didn't take it seriously, this time I'm going to have him hand in my resume and talk to some people personally. It's a government job, so I think it will be pretty secure, and they pay for most your school and then offer you a job when you graduate, assuming they like you of course. He's retiring in a couple years though, so gotta get on it
Otherwise, I'll prolly stick with the accounting major (I start taking the 6 unit serious accounting classes this coming semester). If I HATE that, I might try finance and hope the co-op comes through for me.
Otherwise, I'll just get out with either degree, and go work at Costco or something, or just be a private accountant for a little company and move up internally...though it would still be accounting
Do you know anything about the CMA test/ career? Management accounting, I need to research it, but sounds like it might be a little more variety of duties.