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#1 abc123

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 09:10 PM

I am in a sticky situation with two job offers.

 

December 2012 - I accepted a full-time offer with the 7th accounting firm, since I didn't have any other full-time offers at that moment. At the same time, I accepted a summer internship with the 6th accounting firm.

 

September 2013 - Now after the summer internship, I have an unsigned full-time offer at the 6th accounting firm and a signed offer at the 7th accounting firm.

 

I have a very hard decision to make...

  • Stick with 7th and turn down 6th
  • Renege on 6th and sign with 7th

 

I know if I had both offers at the same time, I would hands down choose 6th over 7th.

 

There are pros and cons to both offers.

 

If I choose 6th -- Focuses in the industry that I want to be in, Higher compensation but start later in the year, Have a few months off to study for the CPA but might be too much time, More prestigious firm, More structured career path, International opportunities

 

If I choose 7th -- Work in various industries and various service lines, Lower compensation but start earlier in the year, No time off to study for the CPA, Less prestigious firm, Seems like people get stuck at a certain title for a long time, A national firm

 

In the meantime, I have been thinking about sticking with 7th and kindly turning down 6th because of the earlier start date. Hopefully, I would maintain a positive relationship with 6th and in the future if I wanted to join 6th, it would be an easier process. There is a part of me where I feel like I am sabotaging my career if I choose 7th because I am starting at a less renowned firm and wasting years of experience there. Another pro to starting at 7th is that I would receive a midyear minor bonus, and if I choose 6th, I wouldn't have even started working yet.

 

Please feel free to give your advice.

Any help would be greatly appreciated as I have been extremely stressed about the situation. Let me know if you are confused about anything.

Thank you.



#2 Virgil-redux

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 04:21 PM

It depends on your goals. When you're mentioning 6th or 7th, do you mean firm rankings? 

 

If so, just go ahead and say their names:

 

#6: Mcadrey

#7: BDO

 

Is that right?

 

Look, either way, they're both pretty good firms, and you'll get good experience from both. In terms of the job title, what exactly are you talking about?

 

 

If you want my advice, go with the one that gives you time to study for the CPA and pays a bit more. Having the exam passed is a huge leg up. Otherwise, it seems like you have a good "problem".



#3 abc123

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 12:48 AM

If studying full-time, how long would it take to complete the CPA exam?



#4 Virgil-redux

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 04:12 PM

Many people are able to finish between graduation and when they start in the fall (around September or October).



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Posted 27 September 2013 - 05:24 AM

go with the firm that gives you more of the future you want.  Stop stressing on start times.  What firm will get you where you want to be in 5-25 years?  Which one is the better stepping stone?



#6 tanyaCPA

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Posted 24 October 2013 - 09:34 PM

Pick the firm you want and go with it! They work with SOOO many college students and college students are wishy-washy. They get it and won't have hard feelings. Go with what is best for you! They won't care. If your gutt says 6th go with it bc you have to live with the decision. Don't feel guilted into taking a job you don't want. Interning is "dating", coming on full time is "marrying". You wouldn't marry the wrong person, don't marry the wrong firm.



#7 cpa208

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 05:37 AM

Relax, pick what you want but if it's too much effort don't worry about it.  Both firms are pretty close in the types of experiences you will get.  It's not like marriage, you're not committing.  If you leave in 2 years, for example, it's okay; so stay away from that analogy.  I've been in the accounting world long enough and interviewed people long enough to know this is the truth.







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