Many students are asking questions about induction nowadays, here is my piece of advice.
If you get a chance at a big 4 firm, it is good, do give it a serious try, but if you can't get such chance, do not waste your precious time pursuing the big 4 firms. Professional world doesn’t end at big 4.
Further the Category A, B or C matters just for the audit function of the firm and revenue of the partners, it is big 4 and others,simply.
Reference, Pawa or anything like that can't decide your future. Allah rewards hard work always. If you work hard you will be a successful professional no matter what firm you go. Dont keep complaining of others that they got bigger firms because of their references or anything, Life has always been like that its just that you are experiencing it for the first time.
you are new to practical life, I want to tell you that nobody owes you anything here. you have to earn the respect, the money and prestige by your hard work. There are both advantages and disadvantages of big and small firms. The most important thing is that you should be able to pass the exams within articles. The firms having history of creating hurdles in the professional qualification should be avoided, be it big or small firm. Seniors advising on such issues should make sure that they do not put blames of their own inabilities on the firm. Honest advice is also a form of Sadqa.
Further, ERP, TAX, Business Advisory are no less than audit department of a firm. Without undermining any other department, I would say people having experience of tax and corporate matters gets better paid jobs than others at times.
Try to build a habit of putting yourselves in others' shoes , see the things from their prospective, Life will be easy. God bless you all Ameen.
Aamir Shahbaz FCA.