Any advice for a 3rd year risk assurance associate looking to break into a consulting role? I feel like I don’t quite have the tech experience (knowledge of SQL, Java, etc. ) and i don’t quite have the accounting knowledge being that we’re in IT. . Anyone make the switch ? What advice would you give ? Anything I should try to learn now or any transferable skills you leveraged? Anything would help!

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For starters, make sure you’re part of the risk assurance team that’s moving to advisory. Then look to get on advisory projects from there

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Unfortunately, the things you learn in RA aren't very transferable or valued for the reasons you mentioned (vague understanding of IT/accounting). You'll really need to emphasize things like project management and communication, which obviously aren't technical skills. Big thing is to get on advisory projects, although it sounds like at PwC you're grouped under assurance, not advisory? If you can network within PwC you can try the transfer route (not easy, but at the very least you can learn what the true consultants do).

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I think it's the equivalent of what Deloitte used to call ERS. We call it Internal Audit Enterprise Risk. We do business risk, not IT audit work. I've never been on audit support but I've heard it happens. Most of our work is business controls for clients who outsource their IA/SOX function. The rest of it is the "process improvement" work which is way more interesting, but also less common. I've been lucky to have done like 4 already, but that's cause the managers have a high opinion of me and try to staff me on them. Plenty of my coworkers have never done one.

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Unfortunately I’m not. I’m still Recess assurance/sox

As someone in RA moving to Advisory, we’ve been told we can transition off/ continue working on clients from RA through the end of fiscal year, but RA folks staying in Assurance cannot join any Advisory engagements.

Not entirely true OP- they’re splitting attest vs non attest

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