I would really appreciate some advice as I am stuck in an unfortunate situation. I have worked at a top 30 firm (trying to be vague) for 1 year in a very unpleasant work environment. When I started my training contract I was promised training in both accounts preparation and tax, however all I have been given (despite requests) is personal tax returns and admin work as most other work is outsourced. I want a challenge. Although I’ve been told that this will improve I’m not holding my breath and I do not want to work in tax (I am more interested in management accounting).
This lack of training has been a major barrier to me securing another job despite having completed 6-7 ACCA exams out of 13 this year (strong exam results are useless without experience). I feel that I may find a better work culture in industry (my office is silent). If I make the move to industry now after only 1 year (most likely to a transactional role) would it be damaging to my future career? I am struggling to secure interviews for practice accounting roles and feel that my chances are slim. I've been told that my CV is very good and I have had interviews for roles in industry. Should I not use recruiters anymore? Please help... I feel like giving up.
- Which types of roles in industry would be suitable?
- Are there any disadvantages to qualifying in industry?