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I’m curious what the accounting community thinks of people switching jobs every 2-3 years to gain different experiences rather than staying on a straight and narrow career path like the partners we work for? Seems like people outside of this industry see it as a good thing. I’m a high performing tax manager bored out of my mind every day so maybe it’s just me thinking it seems better to switch things up every few years.

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I think if you're staying in public accounting, you're *GENERALLY* better off staying at one firm and building a network there. If you're in Industry though, I think 2-3 year then hop is the better option as promotions/raises don't come as easy just by sticking around.

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Careers are so so so so long. I don’t know how people stay in the same spot for an entire career. It made sense back when pensions were around but since most companies don’t have pensions, not sure why I’d stay at the same spot. I understand partners have some sort of a pension but the partner lifestyle is not attractive to me. Maybe if you could somehow switch lines of service periodically but that’s not how it works since partners are experts in their specific field.

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It’s a good discussion to have and more people should talk about it so they can make the right choice for themselves! Both the industry and public path work; and to OP’s original question, I think if you take the industry path jumping around a lot more frequently is the way to go.

Has worked out well for me (switched every 1-3 years), and have seen similar things for others who leave every few years. The pay bumps are nice, and you continue to expand your network. Also, I like seeing how different places approach things (kinda let’s you see good and the bad with some organizations).

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You can make tons of money switching or you can make tons of money in one place. Switching tends to get you more money faster, but in one place tends to get you more money long-term (i.e. at some point you need to settle down to build the connections to make the executive level.) It’s also worth pointing this out: it’s not like directors of tax at F500 are working less hours than tax partners. They are making significantly less money, though. Public accounting is a long play. If you don’t want to make the long play, there are plenty of ways to be successful that don’t involve staying in one place. Different advantages and drawbacks to each.

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