Understanding the differences of the two main types of accounting can help you decide how to start your career path. The two main types of accounting are public and private. The big difference is in private you can only work for one company, while in public you work with more than one client or company. For example in private accounting, you would just be working for Coca-Cola; and in public accounting you would be working for a firm that provides accounting services to Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
Starting your career in a private company like Coca-Cola, you would not typically receive any true accounting experience unless if you are in their corporate headquarters.