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Working for a Big 4 accounting firm: the ultimate pros and cons list

Struggling with the decision of whether to work for a Big 4 firm or a regional firm? It may be many accountants’ dream to work for one of the Big 4, but that doesn’t mean that it is necessarily the right path for you. As with everything in life, there are benefits and drawbacks of …

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What Is Tall Poppy Syndrome? [And How To Deal With It]

There is a destructive social phenomenon that impacts almost every successful or developing person in the world. It is an impulse to cut others down for the achievements they’ve made and somewhat a cluster of envy, low self-esteem, fear and resentment. To criticise those who demonstrate their individuality, ambition or unique talent and commonly disassembles …

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This is how to check that going for partnership is right for you

All too often I see highly talented professionals gunning for partnership because they don’t know any different. When you are immersed daily in a culture where you are expected to ‘want’ to make partner and anything else is perceived to be a failure, it’s difficult to consider any other career path. This is why in …

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5 things you need to prove if you want to move from director to partner in a Big 4 firm

I have been privileged to help several senior managers in a Big 4 make it to Director and then help them along their way to Partner. In this article, ‘Partner versus Director,’ I share what I have learnt along the way, in particular, what is the difference between a Big 4 partner versus director. Big 4 …

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When to say No (or yes) to extra responsibilities at work

Many Big 4 firms and law firms expect their senior managers, directors, senior associates and legal directors to take on extra responsibilities at work. These are normally non-chargeable responsibilities which will take you away from the day job. The reality is that it is not optional to take on these responsibilities. However, these extra responsibilities …

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Why feeling the fear and do it anyway is NOT going to help you make it to partner.

Making it to partner involves building a new skill set AND changing our role and responsibilities over time. I don’t think that there is any accountant, lawyer or consultant in practice who I have met who hasn’t felt the fear of needing to win their own clients and build up their own practice. What you …

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5 practical steps to going back into a partnership after a career break

Whatever your reasons for taking a career break, it can be daunting to start the process of getting a role back in a partnership. It’s fairly common to be worried about: are my technical skills up-to-date? it’s a challenging time for getting a new job, will it be possible for me to actually get a …

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12 ways your LinkedIn profile will help you get a new job [part 2]

Have you updated your LinkedIn profile recently? Your LinkedIn profile is your shop window to recruiters and potential employers, and the first place which potential recruiters will look when they are considering contacting you. This is the second half of our article on how your LinkedIn profile can help in your job search. You can …

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