Five reasons you should consider working for a smaller accountancy firm
- Better work-life balance
Working for a smaller firm of accountants allows you to have a life outside of work! A lack of work-life balance can lead to unhappiness, making you less efficient in your job role and decreasing your morale. If you work for a bigger firm of accountants, the expectation of your employer and your clients may be that you work beyond normal working hours. At a smaller firm, you'll almost certainly have more flexible hours to allow you to concentrate on both your work and private life. You may not have the same level of pressure in relation to deadlines and the complexities that come from working with bigger businesses.
- Earlier responsibility and accelerated career progression
Working for a smaller firm of accountants allows you to have more of a visible impact. The chances are that you will have opportunities for much faster learning and get to deal with a variety of issues at an earlier stage. The impact of your work may also be more inspiring to the small business owners you're working for, as it's more tangible than in a larger corporate environment.
- Close involvement with clients
Working for a smaller firm of accountants allows you to build genuine relationships with your clients. You will offer higher-quality, personalised services and be able to take a genuine interest in the business you are working for. At a bigger accountancy firm, you may deal with a client that you'll never speak to again, as their files are shared across the firm.
- Better team environment
A close-knit team is a real advantage of working for a small firm of accountants. In bigger accountancy set-ups, you probably won't even know people outside your own department. You may prefer an environment where it's easier to develop a close working relationship with your clients and your colleagues. You also, within a small firm, have much more chance of working directly with the partners, whereas your relationship will be with supervisors (seniors and managers) in a larger firm.
- More variety
At a smaller firm of accountants, you may be able to work in a variety of departments including accounts, tax and audit, rather than just staying in one place. This gives you a broader picture of the profession and a far greater breadth of knowledge and work. You're not just a number in a small accountancy firm. You are a valued member of the team. What's more, here at Page Kirk, you will have the opportunity to visit the USA on a three-month placement, so the travel opportunities are not restricted to larger firms!
We are always on the look-out for people with ambition and commitment to join our team. If you feel you have what it takes to join us, send in your CV and covering letter to: email@example.com
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