June 7, 2024

Busting the Big 4 Myth: Insights from Accounting ARC Podcast

By: Center For Accounting Transformation / podcast

Contrary to popular belief, fulfilling careers in accounting do not always begin—or end—with large firms. 

In the latest episode of the Accounting ARC podcast, hosts Donny Shimamoto, CPA.CITP, CGMA; Byron Patrick, CPA.CITP, CGMA; and Liz Mason, CPA, tackle the pervasive myth that a career in accounting must start with one of the Big Four firms or that working at a large firm is the summit of accounting success. Drawing from their personal experiences, they highlight the diverse opportunities available outside these large firms. 

Shimamoto, founder and managing director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC and founder of the Center for Accounting Transformation, began his career with Coopers and Lybrand before it became PwC, reflects on the benefits of working in a smaller office within a Big Four firm. Patrick, vice president of Client Success at the B3 Method Institute, shares his journey with a local firm that provided him with a broad range of experiences, ultimately leading him to a technology-focused career. Mason, CEO and founder of High Rock Accounting, discusses her time at Grant Thornton, emphasizing the value of working in varied industries and the importance of finding a path that aligns with one’s interests and definition of success. 

The hosts also stress the importance of exploring different career paths within accounting, including roles in government, internal auditing, and consulting. They encourage students and professionals to focus on their personal goals and interests rather than adhering to traditional measures of success. 

Tune in to this enlightening episode of Accounting ARC for a candid discussion on career choices, the value of diverse experiences, and redefining success in the accounting profession. 

Check out the full episode of the Accounting ARC Podcast on the Center’s YouTube channel.

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