August 21, 2018

All It Took Was Vital Organ Failure and Sepsis to Motivate This Accountant to Start His Own Firm

Some of you people have aspirations to start your own firm one day. We think that's great and your career/life path will take many twists and turns on the way to becoming professionally independent. You may become at partner at your current firm. You may get fired several times for being "difficult." You may even get caught up in a scandal of one kind or another only to redeem yourself personally and professionally. Whatever your career path is, there will be motivating factors along the way. For Clive Maudsley, a Manchester-based tax accountant, a couple of near-death experiences was all he needed to give him that little push:

The 51-year-old, who lives in Manchester city centre, was struck down by a bug following a holiday in southern Africa in November 2010. On his return, he was rushed to Manchester Royal Infirmary after his kidneys and liver failed, and he was given 48 hours to live. Clive went home after six weeks in hospital, but was still too ill to return to work and quit his job at UHY in April last year. In June, Clive suffered another major health setback after an infection in his neck led to sepsis, and he had to undergo an emergency operation. […] While recovering Clive, who previously worked at Baker Tilly where he was a partner, started thinking about setting up his own business offering financial advice including fund-raising and business planning to large corporates and SMEs.
Anyone staring down the last 48 hours of your life and/or emergency surgery? You best start drawing up the business plan. You may not be as lucky as ol' Clive here. 
 

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Job of the Week: Do You Have a Preternatural Ability for GAAP Disclosures?

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Company: Morgan Stanley
Location: New York
Title: Associate/Manager
Description: Associate or Manager for our Legal Entity Accounting & Disclosure Group. Responsibilities will include gaining an understanding of the firm’s equity financing products, derivatives and securities lending business in order to assist in producing and analyzing many of the division’s financial accounting disclosures.
Skills Required: BS or BA in Finance and/or Accounting, CPA preferred; 3-5 years of experience in Public Accounting and/or financial services industry; Must have thorough understanding of FAS 133, FAS 140, FIN 46, FAS 157 and FAS 161 FASB pronouncements
See the full description at the GC Career Center and if this position doesn’t tickle your get your ass off the couch/ship-jumping bone, go to the main page and find your next temporary dream job.

Recruiting: Considering the Non-Big 4 Employers

BelushiCollege.jpgAs recruiting continues this week, we’ll put out the idea of opting to starting your career with a firm or company as opposed to starting at a Big 4 firm. Regardless of the Big 4’s dominance of the BW list, there are several smaller firms that make good offers and all businesses need number crunchers to track all the bloody money.
And this year, since many of the Big 4 don’t appear to be making as many offers, going with a national or regional firm or private company becomes a serious option for many recruits.
For the recruits out there, are you giving serious consideration to taking a position with a non-Big 4 firm? For the rest of you, is starting your career at a Big 4 the only way to go or can relative happiness and success be found elsewhere?
Discuss in the comments.