Most of CA aspirants have dream to work as Article Trainee in any Big4 so that they get good kick start in their career. And this perception is also right to quite extent.
Reasons can be summarized as under -
1. Exposure to work on assignments of leading companies
2. Exposure to work on specialized services which are limited to Big4
3. Work under close supervision so you become more disciplined
4. Work under pressure & timelines which is very useful for CAs
5. Get Training (Technical & Behavioral) to sharpen the skills
6. Work with intelligent team members so helps in study
Key aspects for entry are as under -
Communication skill -
English (verbal & written) is very critical for entry into Big4. If your English is OK then try to further improve it with correct pronunciation & accent while speaking English.
At the time of Group discussion, decide your position to speak & respond depending upon knowledge of topic. Starting the discussion is not necessary, you need to listen others, respond in logical manner, if you donâ€™t agree to something raise your views with caution and defend with very strong logic. Give chance to others to speak.
Technical knowledge -
Depending upon your current exam status, you need to be very strong in Accounting Standards, Income Tax Act, Companies Act, Auditing Standards, etc.
Please mark my word, even if you are not excellent in English & you have strong technical knowledge & capability to showcase that knowledge during written test / Group Discussion & interview then you will definitely get entry into Big4.
Computer Skills -
You should have good knowledge of Ms-Word, Excel & PowerPoint.
There are lots of person in line to get entry into Big4. You will have to prove that you have something extra in you so that interviewer is bound to take you.
Once you have made up your mind to go for Articleship Training with Big4. Please donâ€™t feel that entry in Big4 is impossible or very tuff.
Trust me, everybody needs good resource so there is ample demand the only requirement at your end is to re-orientation towards yourself.
If you are from small town (as I am), then you will really have to put extra effort on yourself to get into Big4. BUT THIS IS WORTH IT.