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    Hi!

    I graduated with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance from the University of Derby in 2012.

    Went on and did the Camp America scheme after graduation and when I got back, managed to secure a graduate role at a SME accountancy practice in a city centre.

    The firm I work for is currently funding my ACCA qualification and providing me with lots of work experience, in preparing statutory accounts and audit mainly, with SME businesses, sole traders and partnerships.

    My questions is this:

    If I complete my training contract with this current firm and manage to successfully obtain the ACCA qualification and three years work experience, do you think it would be possible to move on to a larger employer, possibly even the big 4?

    I haven't got on a recognised graduate programme at one of these firms, or even firms slightly lower, because my UCAS points are low, 170.

    However, because I have now managed to go in a "back way", as I'm still receiving the ACCA qualification and working in practice, albeit at a smaller firm, will it really matter?

    BTW, the firm I work for, has six partners, just so you know what size I am talking about.
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    Yes it's possible, I work with several people with similar backgrounds, most come in as senior associate or occasionally manager. You must bear in mind that at Big 4, the vast majority of good people leave for better opportunities at some point or the other. Once you pass your qualification, your experience and skills will play a greater factor than silly UCAS points.
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    (Original post by Tokyoround)
    Yes it's possible, I work with several people with similar backgrounds, most come in as senior associate or occasionally manager. You must bear in mind that at Big 4, the vast majority of good people leave for better opportunities at some point or the other. Once you pass your qualification, your experience and skills will play a greater factor than silly UCAS points.
    How about someone such as myself who got far worse grades (third at uni and 200 UCAS)? I, too, am forging a route round the back (though I am getting my experience in industry). Whilst I won't specifically be targeting the Big 4 in the future, it'll be nice to know if I do have a chance should there be a position I'd like to go for there in the future.
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    (Original post by sonic_dream)
    How about someone such as myself who got far worse grades (third at uni and 200 UCAS)? I, too, am forging a route round the back (though I am getting my experience in industry). Whilst I won't specifically be targeting the Big 4 in the future, it'll be nice to know if I do have a chance should there be a position I'd like to go for there in the future.
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