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    Hi Guys,

    I'm in my first year at college and want to become an accountant. I do A levels in Maths, Chemistry, Biology and History. I was just wondering if people could help me out on the best route to take to work for one of the big 4 firms (Deloitte, Pricewaterhousecoopers, KPMG and Ernst & Young), any help is appreciated!!!
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    Either go to a good university and get a 2.1 or above (pick a subject you enjoy) and apply through the 3 year graduate route, or get some good A level results and apply through the school leavers scheme for the 5 year training programme.
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    (Original post by SamTew29)
    Hi Guys,

    I'm in my first year at college and want to become an accountant. I do A levels in Maths, Chemistry, Biology and History. I was just wondering if people could help me out on the best route to take to work for one of the big 4 firms (Deloitte, Pricewaterhousecoopers, KPMG and Ernst & Young), any help is appreciated!!!

    As someone who worked for a Big Eight accounting firm when I was young
    (30 years ago, it was the Big Eight), let me warn you that working for a Big 4 firm should not be a goal in and of itself. I say this because people were fired left and right while I worked there, and on April 16th, the day after tax filing deadline in America, they got rid of about 1/2 their staff. I had only been there a few months. The guys who were fired had been there exactly a year longer than me (they were the people hired from the previous year's class). I was not fired, but quickly realized that a year later, I would probably be treated in a similar manner.
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    (Original post by floridadad55)
    As someone who worked for a Big Eight accounting firm when I was young
    (30 years ago, it was the Big Eight), let me warn you that working for a Big 4 firm should not be a goal in and of itself. I say this because people were fired left and right while I worked there, and on April 16th, the day after tax filing deadline in America, they got rid of about 1/2 their staff. I had only been there a few months. The guys who were fired had been there exactly a year longer than me (they were the people hired from the previous year's class). I was not fired, but quickly realized that a year later, I would probably be treated in a similar manner.
    Can't speak for the past, but people are not currently fired 'left and right' at the big four. It's as stable a place to work as any. Wouldn't advise the OP to base his career choices on things like that, else you could probably find a reason not to choose anywhere.
 
 
 
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