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Working for an accountancy and professional services firm is both challenging and rewarding. It offers the choice of working in various business areas, including audit, consulting and advisory services, tax, and corporate finance. The ‘big four’ accountancy and professional services firms, KPMG, Deloitte, PwC and Ernst & Young offer many graduate programmes and experiences both on and off campus.

Accounting & Professional Services


There are a vast number of roles in an accounting and professional services firm; each is a vital cog in a machine that keeps some of the biggest organisations in the world going.

Graduate analysts usually start working towards further professional exams on commencing work in the industry. This  adds to the already impressive list of skills gained from a degree Social Sciences from the University of Southampton.

Skills Required:

Accounting & Professional Services

Things to Consider:

This career path provides the opportunity to use analytical skills in providing financial services and solutions to clients.

It is worth considering that most firms will require candidates to take professional exams to become a chartered accountant which will further employability. >Although professional exams should be seen as an opportunity they will involve considerable study, often outside of working hours.

There are countless smaller firms, and medium-sized firms all over the UK and opportunities exist within larger firms for travel and work. As well as bigger firms such as KPMG and Deloitte such smaller firms also provide a good opportunity for graduates and should not be discounted. Research what type of firm might be the best fit of organisation for you.

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Inside Careers- Chartered Accountancy

Guardian-Q&A: Starting a career in accounting

Social Sciences career support

As part of Social Sciences you have access to a range of other career support

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The students, staff and academic programme all make it worthwhile; and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
Jamelia Harris , BSc Economics with Actuarial Science
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