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NewGrad

I am an Australian student of Accounting and Finance about to graduate. I
have been offered a (generous) 2004 scholarship and (relatively well paid -
about equal to a '3+ years experienced' accountant in public practice) 2005
graduate role at a central Commonwealth Government department. If I accept
the offer, I will do a Masters in Finance in 2004 and the CA program from
2005-2007. If I don't accept, I will do my Honours in Finance in 2004
instead (Finance is more interesting to me than is Accounting, but I
appreciate the useful nature of knowledge and experience in the latter). I
have part-time employment providing funds management advisory services and
expect to continue in this employment in 2004 (in addition to studying
full-time).

My question is to what extent will I limit my future options in the private
sector if I accept the offer and commit to at least 3 years in the public
sector? Is public sector experience viewed favourably in business? What if I
later decide that I'd prefer to work in a profit centre environment (at a
financial institution, for instance - I am interested in FX, asset pricing,
funds management and investment banking) or in corporate finance more
generally - will I be able to smoothly transition and will prospective
employers appreciate my government experience? In the event of such a future
move, would I be more likely to be suitable for line rather than staff
positions, or is this really just a function of the precise nature of my
experiences in government?

Any advice/experiences/comments welcome. Thanks in advance.
 
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Carlyle

I will discuss this with you offline from this group, so contact me with a
verifiable email address, not the one you are using here as, what is the
point speaking to someone who is not at home [not@home.com] ???

Peter J French EdD MAcc
Retired Accountant/Practitioner/Educator
Melbourne
 

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