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Old 04-03-2011, 05:21 PM
 
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I'm a senior economics major at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. I'm looking at pursuing a masters degree in accounting and I was wondering if anyone knew anything about WSU accounting placement into the Big 4.

Also, if anyone knows about the program at Oakland, I would be interested in hearing about that too!


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Old 04-04-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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I'm in the Master's program at Oakland. Both WSU and OU have Big 4 recruiters on campus. Getting in with them is mostly about GPA. Having an undergrad from U of M will give you an extra advantage, especially if you performed strongly academically. But statistically it is still quite competitive to get these jobs. Maybe 25-30% of a graduating class with get offers from these firms (depends on the year, could be lower due to economy/outsourcing). However, the good news is there are a lot of other options out there. You don't have to have public accounting experience to have a good career. A lot of people (myself included) know the other side of things. Long hours, not that great of money. Looks great on a resume but if you enjoy leaving your desk at 5 everyday it may not be the gig for you.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:17 AM
 
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I pulled up this thread for you:

Holy Crap, This Really Sucks « The Anonymous Accountant

These are not happy people, myself included. Consider yourself warned.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:33 AM
 
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Thanks for the information! What are some of the other careers that students are pursuing? And how is the recruiting on campus outside of the Big 4?

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Old 04-07-2011, 02:29 AM
 
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I'm specializing in audit, because it's a good stepping stone to the higher paying positions like controller, CFO. Tax is good money but more limiting. Some people specialize in forensic accounting, which is a growing area (but usually requires a lot of travel/living out of a suitcase). You could go into private industry or work for the government. Just about every company that comes on campus needs accountants. The trick is to get informational interviews with the right people. Going through HR is basically wasting your time.
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