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Career Paths In Accounting - a Q&A 12/6

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Anyone here work at EisnerAmper can tell me about the culture/experience?

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Currently in the Income Franchise group primarily doing state compliance. What kind of exit opportunities are there doing this type of work?

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What would a transition to a Wealth management firm look like? Would I be starting over or are my skills transferable?

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I'm thinking about leaving PA (tax) because of the hours, but I love the work. The industry jobs I see are geared toward auditors and seem really mundane. What other options do I have?

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I hope you all have some fun plans for the weekend. How do you usually disconnect to recharge? I will be leaving soon to go chill at home with my husband. Can’t go out on Fridays anymore😁😁

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Hi Imad! I recently started at B4, realizing after compliance busy season I’m more interested in audit. Internally transfer doesn’t seem guaranteed and will take at least 6+ months. (Cont.)

Curious to get your thoughts: how would you want recruiters to reach out to you?

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Hello! I get emails from recruiters all the time and I never answer. I am happy where I am but I feel like I am approaching that wrong. Should I see what they have to offer? If so, how should I?

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I am senior working in Corporate Tax group. I know that I don’t want to be partner but really love the continuous learning aspect of the public accounting. Do I have to move to industry if I don’t ...

Hi Imad, thanks for hosting this! I am currently in the Big4 and am looking for a change. What is your favorite part about working at CohnReznick?

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What would be the starting salary plus bonus for a Transaction Advisory Senior in NYC and Chicago?

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What type of advisory roles do you guys gave at CohnReznick?

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I am a internal audit manager. I want to get out of internal audit. I have my CPA and CIA. What career path can I transition to if I don’t go back to public accounting?

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Hi! What is your recommendation for a job change after 10 yrs working in a b4? I know I don’t want to become a partner and I feel it’s time for me to leave, but I’m just too scared of burning bridges.

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What are careers outside of accounting that you’ve seen CPAs transition to? I sometimes wonder if accounting was not the field for me. I work in risk advisory currently.

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What are the exit opportunity differences between big 4 and regional? I’ve always felt like they are much more limited at any other PA firm aside from big 4

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What's the craziest career path you've seen from a candidate?

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I don’t consider myself good at networking. What are some ways that you’d encourage me to network better? My goal is to recognized and known as a trusted expert in my super niche.

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Good morning & Happy Friday everyone!! I look forward to getting a glimpse of what you have on your mind from a career perspective and to providing some insight!

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How can I get into an accounting firm without experience? I have a masters degree in accounting amd am currently studying for the CPA exam. I have a lot of experience but nothing in accounting.

Hi, I have 14 years of audit experience in Big 4. I have mentally and physically gotten tired of insane long hours and the world of accounting and auditing. What other career option do I have (Cont)

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Which career path on average makes me the most amount of money and work the least amount of hours? Currently as a senior w/ 4 years experience I’m working 35 hours weekly and making 85k.

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For those who are looking to change their focus on in their next role (e.g. Tax to Audit), what are some key ways to stand out?

What do you think the biggest pros and cons are going to industry?

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What are my options generally if I'm interested in a career in public service?

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Hello Imad! I remember meeting you as an intern with ParenteBeard. I’m looking to expand my network and gain exposure to Technology Risk (CISA via PA). What types of exit ops would this path offer?

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What are three books that have shaped how you think?

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How has the recruiting game changed over the years for you? What should we be doing now to stand out in the future? Any must-have skills?

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It seems that a lot of jobs I feel I am qualified for in PF&A (5 year audit at Big 4) are only looking for management consultants and investment bankers. How do you suggest I frame my experience?

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Hi Imad, How short is too short before leaving ones firm? Also do recruiters look at cold emails from potential hires? If yes, what do they look for? Thanks for doing this!

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Hi Imad, I actually interned at a prior company of yours while you were there. Great to see you putting events like this together! Is it difficult to transfer into a Talent Acquistion role or similar?

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Hi Imad, my goal is to move in transaction advisory services and I’m bored of audit. I have less than 1.5 years experience. Do I have a shot?

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I’ve been in PA (tax) for 3 years, working on my CPA. Will I be looked over for a industry job outside of the tax department? (I want the 40hr worklife balance)

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What path outside of PA allows you to maximize your people skills? I am a CPA and looking for a career path that allows more human interaction. Public accounting wasn’t for me. Industry requires none

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Goal is to be accepted at a top 15 MBA program - would I still have a shot if I transfer to a smaller advisory firm? This is my biggest concern with leaving my current employer

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If you go from Big 4 to a regional firm, is it tough to go back to Big 4 10 or 15 years later if you want?

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Could you talk about the main differences between Big 4 and a firm like CohnReznick? Appreciate your time.

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Thanks Imad! Would you recommend getting your CPA if your ultimate goal is to transfer to industry?

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