Inside this informational book, we will do a deep dive in to the following topics: Careers in Accounting -Accounting doesn't restrict you to only being an auditor. There are more than 5 other career paths. -The fact of the matter is accounting is an essential foundation for any financial career. Busy Season Experiences -What it feels like to work during busy season to help you anticipate your first busy season. -We answer how many hours you can expect to work on average and when it is the most busy. Big 4 Experiences -We will provide answers to why the Big 4 experience is worth going through and so highly-valued. -Real life challenges you may face & what you can expect to get through your first busy season. Average age in Big 4 Accounting -The question we get all the time is whether or t you are too old/young for Big 4. -We will provide you with alternative options of breaking into Big 4 (t interviewing on-campus) Choosing your Office/Location -You should consider specific factors when you make your decision as to where you'd like to work -Choosing the best fit office/location for yourself makes a difference especially as first year Traveling for Work -Explore the benefits of traveling within the United States, but also internationally -Understand when and how to find opportunities to travel or limit your opportunities to travel Formalized Training -Understand on an overall basis the structure of these live trainings -Aside from formalized trainings firms offer a variety of other types of essential trainings Outsourcing Services -Your role in all of this and what you need to do to stand out to your senior staff or manager -What services are outsourced and what does that mean in terms of your learning opportunities Cycle counts and Physical Inventory Observations -What are these and what can you expect -Real life experiences in performing cycle counts and insider perspective on the process Lunch -Get an idea of what is standard lunch protocol. Are you surprised there is such a thing? Vacation days and Paid Time-Off -I took weeks off to visit to Ireland and Costa Rica and I still had vacation left! -How much vacation do you get and what other opportunities are there to take time off? Performance Reviews and Ratings - How are you rated? What goes into determining your raise/bonus? - Understand the process of the performance rating system and the overall review process How much money will you make? -This is the almighty question everyone including those who work at the firm always ask. -You hold the key to this kwledge with this ebook. Also check out Big 4 Accounting Audit - Interview Tricks & Tips
Kevin Hsu graduated Cum Laude from University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Minor in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has worked in a Big 4 public accounting firm (i.e. Ernst &Young, KPMG, Deloitte, or PwC) since 2009 primarily servicing clients in the credit services and life sciences/pharmaceuticals industries. However, he has experience in the automotive, electronics, and private equity industries as well. Prior to working in the Big 4, Kevin held a finance position at The Boeing Company. Since 2005, he has been successfully trading stocks on the side - achieving high single digit to double digit returns each year. He combines fundamental analysis with technical analysis in determining which stocks to trade and when to trade them. His time frame ranges from days to three months. In addition, he also spent some time working at an investment banking firm, which focused on mergers and acquisitions. In addition, he is the owner of StockKevin.com, a personal growth, stock trading, and financial savvy site. When he is not working, Kevin enjoys golfing, rock climbing, meditation, and yoga.