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How did you get your job as an accountant

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Nicholas’s Answer

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Hi Deja, I work in public accounting and got my job through an internship with PwC. For a lot of the larger firms the internship process can serve as an extended interview process to see who would be a good fit at the firm. If your goal is to enter public accounting I would advice you to start your search either with your school’s help (if applicable) or on your own (this is what I did) as soon as possible so you have a plan. If your school does not have connections with the firms you are interested in you should be able to find information about different programs the firms offer and how to apply. Many of the firms have “leadership programs” that you would typically take place the summer before you internship. So if you plan to start work full time the summer after graduation you would intern the summer between junior and senior year of college and would want to be in a leadership program the summer after your sophomore year. This is not the only path to get a job, but the earlier and more frequently you are communicating with the talent acquisition staff at the firms the better. Additionally, it can be very helpful to have a plan in place for becoming a CPA as this is something that the firms value. I wish you the best of luck in your search.

Nicholas recommends the following next steps:

  • Get in touch with the firms at the level the interests you (Big4, National, local)
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Rachael’s Answer

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Hi Deja,

I obtained my position through the completion of my internship. I highly recommend completing as many internships as you can over the course of your college career. A major such as accounting is extremely broad encompassing numerous positions across a variety of industries. I think the best way to determine if this would be a fit is to experience it and internships are a great way to accomplish this. I only completed one internship. I wish I could have completed at least a few in my field prior to choosing the avenue I pursued so that I had a better idea of what the day to day was like in each position, in each industry so I could ensure the choice I made was truly the best fit for me.

As far as how to obtain the internship, many companies can be extremely competitive with their application and interview process. I suggest utilizing your school or network connections. Colleges and universities often partner with companies and this can be a great opportunity for young professionals to start out. People within your network may also be aware of opportunities, have their own connections to opportunities, or perhaps have open opportunities themselves.

Best of luck!

-Rachael

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