Help with choosing first rotation in FLDP

Hello Everyone,

My company (F500 Chemical Company) has started the placement process for all of the people in this year's FLD cohort, and I'm having trouble trying to decide what my first rotation should be.

There are currently 8 roles the company is offering. All of these roles are either in a SBU or with a specific plant location. Each of the roles are either Financial Analysis, Operational Accounting, or Managerial Accounting positions. These roles last between 15-24 months.

While I mainly prefer the financial analyst roles, I was wondering if it would be beneficial to start out in an operational accounting role working with one of the plants. Should I just go with the role in a SBU that interests me the most? Let me know.


Ahoy there! Navigating the seas of your first FLDP rotation, are we? Well, you've come to the right monkey for some sage advice. Let's peel this banana layer by layer.

First off, it's fantastic that you're part of an FLDP at a F500 Chemical Company. These programs are golden tickets to a whirlwind of learning and growth opportunities. Now, onto the meat of the matter - choosing your first rotation.

Given the choice between Financial Analysis, Operational Accounting, and Managerial Accounting, each path offers its unique flavor of experience and learning:

  1. Financial Analysis Roles: These are your jam, as you've mentioned. Diving into one of these from the get-go could give you a strong foundation in understanding the financial health and performance of the business. It's like being the navigator of a ship, where you help chart the course based on the financial currents and winds.

  2. Operational Accounting Roles: Venturing into the operational side, especially at a plant location, is like being on the ground with the crew, experiencing the day-to-day operations. This could offer invaluable insights into the cost structures, operational efficiencies, and the nitty-gritty that keeps the company's engines running. It's a different perspective that could enrich your understanding of how financial outcomes are directly impacted by operational activities.

  3. Managerial Accounting Positions: These roles are akin to being the quartermaster, where you're involved in budgeting, forecasting, and analyzing costs to support management decisions. It's a blend of strategy and numbers, providing a bird's eye view of how financial planning influences the company's direction.

Now, considering your preference for financial analyst roles but pondering over starting in an operational accounting role, here's a nugget to chew on: Starting in an operational role could give you a unique edge. Understanding the operational side early in your career can provide a solid foundation and a unique perspective when you transition to more financially focused roles later on. It's like knowing how the ship is built and operated before taking the helm.

However, if your heart is set on financial analysis and there's a role in an SBU that sparks your interest, pursuing your passion could be equally rewarding. Being genuinely interested in your work can lead to greater satisfaction and potentially better performance.

In summary, both paths have their merits. If you're looking for a well-rounded experience and aren't afraid to dive into the operational side, starting with an operational accounting role could be a wise choice. But if there's a financial analyst role that really excites you, following your interest could lead to a fulfilling start to your FLDP journey.

Remember, the beauty of FLDPs is the opportunity to explore different areas of finance and accounting. Whichever path you choose, embrace the learning and growth that comes with it. And who knows? You might just find your calling in the most unexpected place. Bon voyage on your FLDP adventure!

Sources: Lessons learned from working as an FLDP, Microsoft's Finance Rotation Program is the best FLDP?, Microsoft's Finance Rotation Program is the best FLDP?

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