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Best Place To Start A Career?

i hear its always better to start a career at kpmg,accenture,pwc and the likes of them, than to go start with oil companies and the much bigger organisations/non finance related companies,(that is for accountant,finance and admin people) considering a longterm goal of larger paycheck and higher position.Could anybody shed light on this please,

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My friends,in career choise one need to be careful,i quite agree with those saying one should engaged in where your heart is

and the oil and gas is a place to start from,

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this is by far thee most helpful threads on nairaland.

i tink starting from pwc , kpmg and accenture is relative to whhat you wanna do with ur life, if u take ur engineerin cert to pwc, u will come out a chartered accountant, and av noticed a whole lot dont have a clue what they want, all we want is to get work in a good bank, collect 250k per annum, thats why pple keeep askin the most annoyin question in the world "how much do they pay".

true, if u r lloking for a career in financial services, experiences in these firms will do u great, but how many will they take, my file is still in kpmg gathering up mad dust. im not hating on them kpmg, pwc peeps, but im currently serving in a small stockbroking firm and im getting mad valuable experience, not just in the sector but on how to run a business, but i think the best place to start is to where you find yourself, make the most of all your opportunities, if i get my kpmg connect today, im nmost likely getting tax, which may not get me as far in my career as fin advisory would go, but kpmg is not the only place to gt that experienc, ther still a lot a guys workin in these firms that dont know poo or at least as much as my friend in Kajola investment would know because of the responsibilties she has handled.

then read, robbie lex is so right.

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interesting contributions. But i wonder whether all these applies in Nigeria.

The way i see it , the best place to work in this country is where you get employed. Only very few people get the luxury of more than one offer. Its ok to dream all the dream, when you are in school, but the fact remains that you cannot work where you are not employed. A lot of people in the banking sector am sure are not happy being there, but what have they been able to do? NOTHING.

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Its interesting to know this thead's still active.

Am happy to say that i got a job with Kpmg afterall, i will be resuming in september after my Nysc.Thanks guys and I wish you all great luck,

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For a better career, I hope this will help you: Career Advice

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That is the right perspective, right there.

Just try to find a good place where you can learn and benefit from their system.

Everything else will unfold from there. But you have to put effort into developing yourself, even though I would say at the initial take time out to study the general environment, and don't commit or fix your mind in a particular place just yet. Be a sponge, soak up all the knowledge you can, and keep your eyes peeled for unfolding events.

My early days out of school, there wasn't any high tech industry to speak of per se. Now the GSM industry has dusted even the traditional oil and gas heavyweights in terms of work environment, cutting edge technology, exposure to best of breed practices, if not in pay. Who knows which industry will be the next big thing?

The main thing is that you arm yourself with the knowledge, skills and palis that you need. The rest na 'positioning';

Cheers.

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think big start small be swift but move fast with calculated steps. with the good Lord on ur side, the sky will be your starting point, however, be very very very very very very much original and innovative[font=Lucida Sans Unicode][/font][color=#000099][/color]

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i've longed all my life to work for accenture, the work environment is beautiful and it just feels like jand companies and all. oil companies are alrite but i wld take accentures first bcus of d name and reputation dat comes with it before any oda tin. moreova d pay isn't so bad

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When i was still in college i had the same ideology as most people here have, that to become a great person or be more exposed and knowledgable you should start your career in a consulting firm and then move to oil and gas or wherever, i believed working the bank was redundant kind of work. Infact back in the day my slogan was " Accenture or nothing"

I like to think i am a little wiser now, and i have realised something that has changed my orientation it has helped me in my job search and even during interviews i have attended and to sharpen my career goals.

Work itself is redundant, no matter how challenging a job may be someday the challenge will become a routine, What i am saying in effect that the one thing that will make you you and make you excel in your career is you. It pays to get on the job experience but the truth is you learn what you want to learn and become who you decide to become.

If you want to excel in your career wherever you are be it in a bank or in consulting, you have to make an effort to develop your self personally, alot of people spend their days job hopping without developing themselves.

Books, people underestimate the power of reading and becoming smart, the biggest financial and economic gurus spend most of their time reading and reading and reading, you want to learn strategy then study strategy, practical experience is good and it helps but it will not make you excel, its what you have up there that will lead you. My mentor is a force to reckon with in his industry of specialisation, his background will shock the whole lot of you, where he has worked will shock you even more, yeah its a multinational but its just not the sort of place you think you can learn so much. Yet when he talks, bankers, oil workers, consultants all listen to him, you should see the size of his library.

If you think a company will build you,.then you are in for big disappointment, its not really where but what you do with where you find yourself that matters, be it Shell, Accenture, a bank, if you are good you will stand out from your peers and shine, everybody has their own individual career path to take, find it and don't try to follow other peoples paths.

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i work at PwC and i can say authoritatively that entry level 2'1 is minimum o! and its rather difficult to enter as the test is quite hard and theres essay writing. The interview is more or less in 3 parts which is intensive- you really have to be sure of your self and worth to talk, lol, its a great place to start a career and i LOVE it here, evryone is extremely cordial and nice to each other. Like a work environment abroad. If you can get in- then try to, :-) the experience is worth it,

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hi,

HNY to everyone in the house

wishing you good luck ahead

cheers

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Start small with what u have. Expand and u will make it. Starting in a big or small company does not matter much. What matters is your focus. That is your career goals and your efforts.

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I believe in dreams and not opportunities/luck. There is no doubt that 1 out of every 500 applicants would secure a job in the big 4 (Audit firms) at the end of the recruitment exercise.

My advise is that you plan and work towards it.

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well you might not have so much choices in Nigeria.

Just take advantage of where you are right now and tailor it to your dreams.

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u want my advice!start small.big things come in small packages. use any opportunity you get to build a solid foundation.think of the money rain later for now experience matters.cheers!

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remember, ''small company'' is a thing of the mind, to some people ExxoMobil can be a small company to them while some it will be big to them. so, what then are we talking about. This is because that your small company might be big to me. I started my career in a private construction company, after some months i got a job in Oceanic bank. I have to leave for Oceanic.

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Is a nice one from u, whatever comes first make sure u use it well.ok! all the best!

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if u are still in skl il advice u to study hard make a 2.1 so u'l stand a chance into getting into these big consulting firms. believe me its a ball to work for them, the work is hard nno doubt and very challenging but its a knowledge driven environment and u become a very knowledgeable person vast in a l fields, plus it looks good on the CV if u decide to move. Cheers

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Hi,

A lot of people here have made useful contribution. I would, however, like to add some few suggestions. First, you need to be truthful to yourself in answering this question, "What will you rather do if money is not a question?". Your sincere answer to this question will show you what you should focus your energy o. This defines YOU. It defines what you enjoy to do. Money should not be the main focus in choosing a career. Your passion should come first. Money always follows your passion.

So, friend, answer the question raised and choose a career path that offers you this opportunity.

All the best

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My own take on this goes thus:

Define your targets to clearly define your path to your goals.

Starting in a small company or large compnay is not the issue but where you wanna end up in the career path you have chosen.

I started in big oil and gas service company and was seconded to a multinational oil and gas company and was saddled with the responsibilities of staying up most nights to read in order to catch up with the experienced expat.s I worked with , what you lack in experience you would make up for with you willing and wanting to know attitude.

I just worked for the oil service for one yr before juicy offers came calling and I have moved into a more defined career path as a disciple design Engineer in another company and offers are still coming.

Just know what ur targets are and prepare to hit it. pls seek for knowledge first b4 money sha.

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Thank You all.u've been helpful

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Lets talk about starting a business of your own too. Nothing beats working for yourself. Building a business and watching it grow over the years. All thos KPMG and Oil companies where started by someone. The first step is to get a proper education in a practical course or get experience from an apprenticeship in a good career. Lots of Nigerians have made it in business, IT, etc.

What about the areas we ignore. Its not all about going to university. Making it in life involves a degree of wisdom you dont get from the classroom. Am sure there are some mechanics, electricians, traders, contractors who make as much as an oil company worker.

In answer to your question, the best place to start is where you are comfortable and know very well. For e.g., if you enjoy tinkering with electronics, coupling and uncoupling devices, obviously you will do well being a technician or engineer - thats the best place to start your career. Either on your own or you seek employment (not necessarily in the big companies). Like one person said here, the best place to start is those small companies where you will get more responsiblity and experience.

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start exactly where you are .

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starting in places like KPMG is more 4 experience and exposure which might result into better pay, but there is no guarantee, if u get the oppourtunity to the promise land now please just take it, but if u are in it to improve urself in terms of knowledge the those places are much better

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bolajibaok, Y the BB 4 young_digi. freestyle, if he is lying he can only fool himself.

ciao

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BLOODY LIAR ,, THE DIGI IS IN MUSHIN OLOSA WORKING AS A MEAT BUTCHER IN ABBATOIR

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Best place is in your head, think and conceptualize.

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Apologies. This has nothing to do with the topic.

Does anyone have contacts in VirginNigeria? I am looking for a job in their organisation. Please any contact would be much appreciated

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I started in a very small company in Ikeja in Nigeria. Is small because i guessed my qualification won't take me further than the company but guess what i had the most brilliant time of my life. The experience i gained has been very useful to me now that i am running my own company.

Like other posters had said earlier, u need to have a plan of where u want to see yourself in couples of years. If you want to run your own company, i advise you work in the industry you like to set up later , that will get u over the teeting period. If u want to be employ for life get a challenging job and u will love it for the rest of your life.

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i'll say d best place 2 stat a career is in my fathers office

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well it all depend on your qulification, if you have a good qulification then I will say the best place to start a career is on the net (web) there are lot of thing you can do on the web, all you need is the idea of how to start.

Bodiga

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start in a small company where u are likely to get a lot of responsibility. small enough to have vacant post on top of the ladder for you to be promoted rapidly so that if u have too jump to a much bigger company u will be entering at management level. i work in a small firm now and the job challenges me everyday cause there is no one else to do it, i do it and in a few days i have more experience than several management trainees who have been working for a year.

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i'm not in nigeria but i can relate to this, i just graduated and got offered a job at accenture and another smaller company, the pay from accenture was better but guess what? i chose the smaller consulting company for 2 reasons , (1) i dont believe in jumpin out of college straight to a company for the money, i believe in what the company has to offer me that can benefit me in the next 5 yrs (2) the benefits and growth opportunities in the smaller company were better for me, i am young and i know these are more important at the moment , i am looking at a company that will benefit me when i go for my masters, tuition reimbursement and stuff like that, gain relevant work experience, boast about key responsibilites from my job when moving onto the next one, thats just how i see it sha

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The best thing to do is sit down and plan your career. See where you want to be in 5, 10 and 20 years, and then figure out how to get there. That should determine where you start from. If for example you only want to work for 5 years and then start your own business, then you want to start where you will make the most money. If, on the other hand, you want to have a long career, then you want to start where you stand the gain the best experience as well as exposure. Am i making sense ?

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Well i have had the opportunity of speaking with industry experts within the oil and gas industry likewise i have colleagues that started their careers from the likes of KPMG, PWC and accenture. They are usually very well grounded in whatever aspect they are into. While those within the oil and gas industry are of the opinion that without a doubt the oil and gas industry is very well known for the pay package however, they get to a stage where the work is no longer challenging.

Having said the above, it all depends on the careerpath you choose and what u want. would u want to struggle it out in the KPMG, PWC and accenture's of this world (they accept candidates with a minimum of 2.1 while PWC does accept 2.2) and move to teh oil and gas industry later on in your career or just start off with the oil company.

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pls can someone tell me wat diamond bank test questions look like.

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you have to be very sure of what you want to become and where you want to be in the next 5, 10, 20years. when you are done answering these questions, then you are sure of what career path to take.

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