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    I've recently graduated from university with a degree in Bsc Economics, however, I am unsure about the future career I wish to pursue. I was thinking of going into something involving finance, possibly accounting.
    Firstly, is it more beneficial to look for graduate schemes or would a small local company be equally beneficial to apply for?
    Secondly, If I was to choose to be qualified as an accountant after gaining the necessary qualifications would I still be able to further my career in other areas as I get older because I don't like the thought of being stuck in the same job forever and would like to work towards a salary of £40k+ ideally.
    Any advice or knowledge shared on the various routes/qualifications that would be good to gain in the world of finance would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers guys!
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    (Original post by Nathanm93)
    I've recently graduated from university with a degree in Bsc Economics, however, I am unsure about the future career I wish to pursue. I was thinking of going into something involving finance, possibly accounting.
    Firstly, is it more beneficial to look for graduate schemes or would a small local company be equally beneficial to apply for?
    Secondly, If I was to choose to be qualified as an accountant after gaining the necessary qualifications would I still be able to further my career in other areas as I get older because I don't like the thought of being stuck in the same job forever and would like to work towards a salary of £40k+ ideally.
    Any advice or knowledge shared on the various routes/qualifications that would be good to gain in the world of finance would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers guys!
    This is from what I interpret things as, not what I know - however I have researched into this a bit around my local area:

    1) It would probably be better to go through a graduate scheme. Whereas the small local companies will have less competition, the graduate schemes are official, you can get taught by the best in the (global) business, and you could always leave after a certain amount of time to join a smaller accountancy firm. A lot of the accounting and finance jobs at the smaller, independent companies in my region were asking for someone who had done a graduate scheme with one of the Big Four and had two years work experience.

    2) From my understanding, Accounting can be very flexible and it may be possible to switch between departments, for example, Tax to Audit or vice versa. Or, if you wanted to leave Accounting altogether, then it will have some transferable skills into other trades.
 
 
 
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