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Your 2nd year PQE is such a critical time; here's why.... by Barden

Qualified accountants typically move 3 times, either internally or externally, in their first 5 years PQE.  If you’re in your 2nd year post qualified you should be eyeing up your next move. Here’s a few tips to make sure you keep your options open:

 

Internally:

  • Your role can move vertically(taking on a more senior role in the same team) OR horizontally (taking on more responsibility in your current role).
  • If a vertical move is on the table then…. well… your move is obvious…. get involved.
  • If there’s no vertical move available (which can often be the case) then it’s up to you to take control and ensure you make a horizontal move.  Volunteer to take on extra responsibilities, put your hand up to be a part of the next project team or even suggest projects/efficiencies to your manager along with a solution on how you are going to put them in play.
  • If you spend your 2nd year PQE doing the same thing as your 1st year PQE (even if it’s for more money), you’re going to be less competitive in the market place come that 5-year PQE mark.

Externally:

  • It’s busy out there right now so if you aren’t satisfied by internal options there is ample opportunity to move externally for both vertical OR horizontal progression.
  • You can take your time, gather information on the market from a good recruiter (we know one ;-), be specific and bide your time until that ideal role crops up out there.  If you’re ambitious and you’re not satisfied by internal options, don’t settle.  Get curious.

 

If you don’t move in your 2nd year PQE you’re going to fall behind your peer group.   Make the move calculated, make it in your best interests and don’t leave it too late….

 


Not only are most of our qualified accountant recruitment team in Barden (meet our team) accountants just like you, we have all been trained in the Barden Career Model (TM).  This unusual blend of exertise, knowledge and training allows us to provide a different type of recruitment experience.

Contact dublin@barden.ie OR cork@barden.ie and our qualified accountant recruitment experts will arrange a time that suits you to start planing your future.

(Got another question?  Need a steer to keep you on the right track?  Check out the Barden Newly Qualified Accountant Career Guide right here>>>)


 

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