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What’s a better option 1. Being an associate at my current regional firm which I’ve been at for 4 months 2. Being an associate a new regional firm in a better city More in comments

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What do you mean by better company? Are you wanting to ultimately end up at a bigger firm or a totally different role/go into industry? If you’re looking to go to a bigger firm I’d suggest you forego the new role and just start applying to jobs at bigger firms. There’s so much turnover in audit at big firms there should be plenty of opportunities. You may want to wait until after busy season if you haven’t worked a busy season yet. Without a busy season under your belt you’d likely be viewed as having minimal experience. I don’t think your age is relevant. I know several non traditional staff at EY.

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Lived in NYC for 10yrs, do it while you’re young and money doesn’t matter as much. Your lifestyle will def take a hit but you’ll adapt. It also depends where you want to live in the city. IMO Brooklyn/Queens was like being in a smaller more affordable city which wasn’t the vibe I came for, so I lived in Manhattan which will kill you if you plan to be an NYC lifer. Especially if you want to be in an awesome neighborhood (lived in Nolita for years). It was awesome, I had so much fun and regret nothing. But I’m happy to be in a smaller city banking more cash now that I’m older and have a Fam.

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True! I’m relatively young, so I want to make the move before it’s time to settle!

Better company as in big4/top 10. But I’m open to industry. I also think waiting is the smart choice, but I think I’m just restless.

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“What if” is one of the most dangerous questions. It’s hard not to ask, but I try not to let it stop me from taking the risk.

I would finish busy season then try to go to a big 4 in NYC. Those offices are giant and always hiring. Going to industry with 4 months of experience is a recipe for a lifetime of being a Senior Accountant.

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The position is at another PA firm, so I think they want to hire me for their busy season. But yea I’m leaning towards finishing busy season at my current company and then leaving for something bigger

If you want to try out NYC do it now while you're young. Control your spending. Don't go into debt and have roommates. Have fun.

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True! There’s always ways to make it work

It’s a total lateral move but the new job is in NYC (I really wanna live there). But should I complete busy season first and then apply to a better company in NYC? I’m hoping to be done with my CPA by then as well. I think waiting is technically a better option bc I don’t wanna look like a job hopper. But I also don’t want to lose the opportunity to move to NYC. I’m also 27, which is really old to be a staff. Should I just make the jump or should I wait?

I just want to come across as stable and reliable and not someone who’s moving around. And omg D1, you’re inspirational! I always get so insecure over my age since I’m working with new grads. Glad to know there’s someone else like me out there

Depending on where you are moving from, living in NYC could be a huge shock to you. A small COL bump you will receive by moving there will not be worth the downgrade in lifestyle. Been there, done that, and moved back to my home state.

I’m in a pretty big metropolitan city right now but I’m just bored of it now

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