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    Hi all,

    In the future I want to become a partner/director at a big 4 firm. Currently I have been faced with 2 options:

    1. Work at a Big 4 firms and gain the qualifications needed to become chartered
    2. Go to Loughborough and study accounting and financial management

    As you can imagine this is a large decision and I want as much input as possible so that I can make the correct decision.

    Any comments are welcome.

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by iamhasana)
    Hi all,

    In the future I want to become a partner/director at a big 4 firm. Currently I have been faced with 2 options:

    1. Work at a Big 4 firms and gain the qualifications needed to become chartered
    2. Go to Loughborough and study accounting and financial management

    As you can imagine this is a large decision and I want as much input as possible so that I can make the correct decision.

    Any comments are welcome.

    Thanks.
    I have heard this numerous times from accounting/accountancy grads: Going to university does not teach you how to become an accountant. If you want to become an accountant, get in to an accountancy firm/branch and study to become a chartered accountant.

    What I would do if I were you: go to the one of the "Big 4", become a chartered accountant. Get some experience under your belt, then do a degree in something that might be more useful, (such as Business or Management) on a part time basis. I say business or management because frankly at the upper echelons in those places it's less about how much you know about accounting (or marketing, or computer science or any of the other areas they work in) and more about business decisions and management. Those sorts of degrees might be useful later on (IIRC, an MBA* is the most valuable degree in terms of return on investment in the UK).

    While that might be a commitment to study to become a chartered accountant then get a degree part time, you'll end up with very little (if any) student debt as your employer will help pay for your qualifications (if you are in one of the "Big 4").
 
 
 
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