I recently qualified as an ACA accountant and the partner of the firm has started asking about my career progression.\n\nThe problem is that, because it’s a small firm with few layers of management there isn’t the natural route of taking on a more senior role supervising junior staff. So he suggested me taking up a specialist area, asked whether I wanted more client interaction, asked if I was interested in being involved with the larger clients or focusing on the smaller ones, he suggested possibly handing some of the newer jobs over my way (not sure how that’s different to what I do anyway). His main suggestion was that I go into the tax investigation department and deal with all the firms investigations. I personally cannot think of anything worse. Would be a very toxic and stressful environment. \n\nBasically I don’t know where I want to go and Iam not sure what the options are and if they even apply to the firm Iam at.\n\n- What accounts/tax specialisms are there?\n- What is the progression of an accountant that isn’t into a managerial role? \n- What should I be telling the partner?\n\nFrankly I can’t go to anyone in the firm in confidence to discuss this and I have exhausted the ICAEW and Caba as resources since neither had any advice. \n\nAlso, Iam currently on 24k per annum. Is that about right for a qualified accountant in the North East of England?