Hey guys, long time reader, first time poster,
I have enjoyed reading this site and find a lot of the information really on-point and informative. I finally decided to create an account and shoot some questions to the board, so any help you guys could offer would be great.
I just received a full-time offer as a tax associate in a Big4 accounting firm after my internship concluded. While this is great and I am happy to be in this position, being a double-major in accounting and finance, I am not so sure that this is the road I want to go down. I really like finance and I feel that if I go down this road I will completely be blowing my future chances in finance-related fields out of the water. What do you guys think? Additionally, while the salary is good, the overall compensation can not compare to most finance jobs, and the upside simply isn’t there. Please correct me if I am wrong. I am also interested to know more details about the pay scale in big 4 tax as you move up, but I am pretty sure its not much until you hit partner, and I am not sure I want to do that since that would basically mean I would be a life-time accountant. I would really like to go through fall recruiting and try to land a solid finance job, but I am not sure what will be available in this tumultuous market. I am greatly interested in real estate type ibanking and some of those boutiques so it does not need to be a. What do you think the prospects of landing this type of job are in this market, and are there any specific firms I should consider?
Sorry for being so longwinded, but I have a lot of questions on this and not many answers. Thanks again.