While many accounting graduates have traditionally gone the Big Four or big corporation route for their first job, finance executives say that they'd advise new grads to start small, according to a recent survey.

When asked which employment environment they'd recommend to today's accounting grads to begin their careers, nearly half (46 percent) of more than 1,400 chief financial officers polled said a small to midsized company, while 30 percent said a small to midsized public accounting firm.

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