I have recently qualified in a very small practise (8-10 staffs), most of our clients are micro-small companies/sole traders. I have got quite a lot experience in account prep, VAT returns, bookkeeping, tax returns, payroll etc. The salary I'm currently on is not meeting what I expected (26k-28k in Birmingham), so I'm planning to move to a bigger firm as I really want to get more experience with bigger clients in different sectors etc.
There's nothing wrong with the current place that im working which is also why I have worked there for 4 years and I've never thought about leaving. Its just the pay and the client portfolio that bothers me a bit. Since I started my career in accountancy quite late (I am 36 years old already), so I'm starting to worry about my career path. I can see that my boss wouldn't really give me a lot of pay rise in the coming years (maybe 1k a year), he is the kind of person that kept saying he's broke but receiving 100k dividend a year. Also, most of our clients are in the same industry so I did not have much exposure to other industries/bigger clients.
I was hoping to set up my own practise eventually, but I always thought I should get some experience working in a bigger firm.
What are the best ways to apply for jobs in bigger firms? Since this is my first accountancy job, I have no idea how I could get a job in bigger firms. When I look at their job advert, the job descriptions seem to be quite specific and technical, which are not what I usually do in my current role. As far as I know, I probably need to choose the area that I would have most experience in eg. tax, consulting, audit etc. however, my current role is quite a well-rounded role (except audit), so im not sure what I could really do
Am I too old to move to bigger firms? Given that I am 36 already, is it too late to make the change?
Or should I just keep working in the same place for 1-2 years and get a practising certificate and start my own journey?