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    Hi guys,

    At the moment I don’t think banking really suits me so I would like to get an idea if working at a big4 firm in Tax would be right for me.

    I don’t thrive for client contact, and I think I would come across quite unconfident if I had face to face client contact. Would this be a problem? Or is the work predominately office work with communication through email?

    I would be quite happy with sitting at my desk doing compliance work e.g tax returns. How much of it is advisory work? I would be ok researching in my own time tax regulations that a client can take advantage of and then producing my findings. Or have i not got the right idea of what the advisory side would demand?

    Working in an investment bank I get told I’m too nice, not loud enough, not assertive enough etc would you guys think Accountancy might suit me better?

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated
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    (Original post by MichealJJ)
    Hi guys,

    At the moment I don’t think banking really suits me so I would like to get an idea if working at a big4 firm in Tax would be right for me.

    I don’t thrive for client contact, and I think I would come across quite unconfident if I had face to face client contact. Would this be a problem? Or is the work predominately office work with communication through email?

    I would be quite happy with sitting at my desk doing compliance work e.g tax returns. How much of it is advisory work? I would be ok researching in my own time tax regulations that a client can take advantage of and then producing my findings. Or have i not got the right idea of what the advisory side would demand?

    Working in an investment bank I get told I’m too nice, not loud enough, not assertive enough etc would you guys think Accountancy might suit me better?

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated
    Client contact varies. Usually it's via email and involves you chasing them to send information, but conference calls and face-to-face meetings are not out of the ordinary. You may not like talking to clients but at the end of the day, without them the firm would have no money and you wouldn't have a job. Travel abroad is minimal and depends on your client portfolio, very unlikely you will be taken on trips anyway until you are fairly senior.

    As you get more senior you will be expected to do more business development, attending dinners, lunches and events where your job is to work the room networking. I'm afraid any industry that involves providing a service, is dependent on clients and therefore if you intend to be successful you have to be good at talking to clients.

    The amount of advisory work varies by team and which partners you work with most often, but i'd guess it's about 50/50.
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    Yes you would need confidence with clients. In fact, should you move over to most service/consultation based firm, you would be expected to go on several client oriented courses just to hone those skills.

    Day to day job in big 4 tax might be mostly e-mail based, i.e. compliance based information requests, general ad-hoc resolution of queries here and there, but as you move up (second-third year) client contact would increase exponentially. But just to allay some of your potential fears, you do not need to be the most charismatic individual to have walked the earth to converse with some FD/FC about the future of UK GAAP or boring changes to pensions rules.

    As long as you have some idea of what you're talking about, and don't suck massively at conversation you can pretty much carry out reasonable BD work, as most of it is starting out a convo, finding common ground, hitting on a discussion point that is applicable to said client, offering some non-committal generic BS advice, and in the end telling said prospective client/client that you will refer them to a 'specialist' within your firm, and then slipping in a cheeky, 'Is it ok to send out a fee quote for this?'. Rinse and repeat.

    Obviously I jest, but you see my point.
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    (Original post by MichealJJ)
    Hi guys,

    At the moment I don’t think banking really suits me so I would like to get an idea if working at a big4 firm in Tax would be right for me.

    I don’t thrive for client contact, and I think I would come across quite unconfident if I had face to face client contact. Would this be a problem? Or is the work predominately office work with communication through email?

    I would be quite happy with sitting at my desk doing compliance work e.g tax returns. How much of it is advisory work? I would be ok researching in my own time tax regulations that a client can take advantage of and then producing my findings. Or have i not got the right idea of what the advisory side would demand?

    Working in an investment bank I get told I’m too nice, not loud enough, not assertive enough etc would you guys think Accountancy might suit me better?

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated
    Hi there

    Further to the other answers, you would need to go through a very competitive assessment centre to be accepted with the Big Four and they will assess your ability to communicate with others, among other things. Personally, I think confidence in communicating with others builds with experience, and the confidence that you know what you're talking about, so I wouldn't be too hard on yourself. I would advise turning this on its head, and think about how you could build up those skills.

    Louise
 
 
 
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