I am an Australian student of Accounting and Finance about to graduate. I\nhave been offered a (generous) 2004 scholarship and (relatively well paid -\nabout equal to a '3+ years experienced' accountant in public practice) 2005\ngraduate role at a central Commonwealth Government department. If I accept\nthe offer, I will do a Masters in Finance in 2004 and the CA program from\n2005-2007. If I don't accept, I will do my Honours in Finance in 2004\ninstead (Finance is more interesting to me than is Accounting, but I\nappreciate the useful nature of knowledge and experience in the latter). I\nhave part-time employment providing funds management advisory services and\nexpect to continue in this employment in 2004 (in addition to studying\nfull-time).\n\nMy question is to what extent will I limit my future options in the private\nsector if I accept the offer and commit to at least 3 years in the public\nsector? Is public sector experience viewed favourably in business? What if I\nlater decide that I'd prefer to work in a profit centre environment (at a\nfinancial institution, for instance - I am interested in FX, asset pricing,\nfunds management and investment banking) or in corporate finance more\ngenerally - will I be able to smoothly transition and will prospective\nemployers appreciate my government experience? In the event of such a future\nmove, would I be more likely to be suitable for line rather than staff\npositions, or is this really just a function of the precise nature of my\nexperiences in government?\n\nAny advice/experiences/comments welcome. Thanks in advance.