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How to leave your CA job with your bridges still in tact

Posted by Mike Atkinson on October 19, 2015

So you’ve accepted a new CA job, and now it is time to hand in your notice. Understandably, this is a rather intimidating time for any individual. And of course there is always the worry that taking this step could have a negative impact on your career – particularly if you work for a big firm where there are senior team members who are highly respected amongst the industry. 

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Topics: Accounting Careers

Why a flat hierarchy doesn't mean you can't be promoted

Posted by Mike Atkinson on October 14, 2015

Some people see flat management structures as simply offering limited opportunities for career advancement. Not true. Just because many smaller CA firms aren’t structured around a rigid arrangement of job titles, doesn’t mean that your career aspirations have to take a back seat.

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Topics: Accounting Careers

When your BAS career hits a glass ceiling

Posted by Mike Atkinson on October 13, 2015

You’ve been working for a CA firm for a while and achieving well. You have mastered your current level of BAS experience and are excited about the prospect on taking on more responsibilities with a move up in your career – you know you’re ready for it. But it can’t happen.

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Topics: Accounting Careers

Am I allowed to have an issue with the way things work at my accounting firm?

Posted by Mike Atkinson on October 06, 2015

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side – but if you don’t pop your head over the fence to have a look, how will you ever actually know? Yes, it’s a cheesy analogy, but it really is relevant when it comes to understanding whether your current employer is actually providing the best place to work.

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Topics: Accounting Careers

How to find work/life balance as a CA accountant

Posted by Mike Atkinson on September 30, 2015

It is pretty much expected that the life of a CA accountant is more than just an 8 to 5 job. Clients are the number one priority, and their deadlines are always following very close behind. 

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Topics: Accounting Careers

What to look for at a new accountancy firm

Posted by Mike Atkinson on September 28, 2015

When you are on the lookout for a new accounting job, it isn’t just about firing out your CV to any accountancy firm that is looking for someone with your experience. You need to plan, prepare and do your due diligence to ensure the move is in the right direction, at the right firm.

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Topics: Accounting Careers

How have other Chartered Accountants moved through their career?

Posted by Mike Atkinson on September 23, 2015

Keen to know how other Chartered Accountants have moved through their careers? Meet the team at Bellingham Wallace. Today we speak to Ash Clarke - one of our Business Advisory Managers.  

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Topics: Accounting Careers

When is it time to leave the Big 4?

Posted by Mike Atkinson on September 22, 2015

Have you ever wondered "what am I missing out on by staying at a Big 4 CA firm long term?" It might have been the right choice at the start of your career, but what if your goals have changed, or the culture no longer aligns with what is important to you?    

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Topics: Accounting Careers

Am I working at the right CA firm?

Posted by Mike Atkinson on September 17, 2015

So you have been working for a CA firm for a few years (or maybe even longer than that) but now you are starting to wonder whether if it is really the right firm for you.

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Topics: Accounting Careers

What are the different types of CA firms?

Posted by Mike Atkinson on September 15, 2015

When it comes to CA firms, no practice is exactly the same as the next, however it is possible to segment them according to a different aspects. Size is usually the first identifiable feature of a firm – whether single partner practice, small boutique, mid-tier or Big 4. 

 

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Topics: Accounting Careers