I am in Finance. Get into a big 4 accounting firm as the first job after graduation. i am not saying they are better than the mid-size/local public accounting firms, but the name opens door. MOst large companies still prefer big 4 candidates + industry experience. Do a search on monster.com of the fortune 500 companies and look at the qualifications, you'll get an idea. Get the basic down (i.e. foundation of accounting, i.e. debit = credit...you'll be surprise how many people don't get that), then make sure you interview well. It's all about perception. There'll be plenty of incompetent idiots or bull-shter to encounter in your career, if you've got the goods and can talk smack, you'll go far. If you are not a talker, I would recommend tax (not preparing tax returns, planning, research). It still requires politicking, but it seems to be more technical, thsu requires less talking smack.
at 9:22 PM on May. 16, 2011