Professional services firms offer many different career paths to graduates. Employers in this sector can help you become an accountant, actuary, tax specialist or management consultant.
Choosing an accounting firm to work for
To help you make sense of the landscape of professional services firms that are recruiting graduates, we've split the most important firms up into three groups according to their size, and provided a brief description of each.
Qualifying as an accountant
Most accounting graduate schemes combine further study and-on-the job training leading to qualification as an accountant after three to five years.
First year opportunities in accounting
In your first year at university you have access to plenty of opportunities to find out about accounting and accounting employers.
If you’re considering working in accounting in the future, a summer internship can provide you with an idea of what to expect and also open doors for you when the time comes to look for a graduate job.
Accounting application, interview and assessment day advice
Accounting firms are looking for driven, motivated and resilient people with intellectual agility and curiosity who can stay focused and get things done.
Starting a career in accounting as a graduate opens up many opportunities.
What do professional services firms do?
The work done by professional services firms is normally divided into three broad areas: audit, tax and advisory. Here we look at each in a more detail, giving you a mental map to help you understand what being an accountant really means.
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