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April 11, 2017

Which Way to Go? Three Post-Tax Season Options for Change

The bright shiny light at the end of the tunnel is finally discernable to Public Accounting Tax professionals. April 15, the end of Tax Season, is quickly approaching, which means that individuals who work in Tax will have some free time to relax and contemplate their career direction.

Tax Season’s finish line presents three possible next steps for professionals. Each option represents some form of change.

Stay with Your Current Employer, but Focus on Self-Improvement

We understand that you might not be ready to change jobs yet—especially if you are a junior professional with fewer than two to three years of experience and without the CPA designation. In place of switching employers, use the downtime following tax season to take the CPA exam, complete continuing professional education (CPE) credits, and attend seminars. This option also enables you to contemplate your niche in tax.

Switch to a Different Public Accounting Firm

Perhaps you enjoy Public Accounting Tax but want a change of scenery. The opportunity to get experience in a Big Four or another high-profile tax practice will appeal to someone in a small firm. Working in a large Public Accounting firm provides impeccable networking opportunities and substantially boosts your long-term marketability. Conversely, those who currently work in a Big Four or National firm current might find a small company’s reduced hours to be refreshing.

Transition to Private Industry

The majority of tax professionals do not aspire to become Partners in Public Accounting. If you can relate, consider a change to private industry. This transition is appropriate when you already have your CPA and a few years of experience completed. Instead of working for multiple clients, you’ll be part of just one organization. As a result, you will develop a sincere emotional and professional investment in the success of the company, thereby bringing additional value and motivation to your work. You’ll also enjoy more stability and routine in private industry.

Of course, there is one additional—discouraged—option, which is to do nothing. Obviously, a Public Accounting Tax professional can complete busy season, stay with his or her current firm, and invest no time in learning, training, and development. To acheive growth in your tax career, we suggest delving into at least one of the three choices above.

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