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Any of you currently stuck on year-round audits since joining the firm? Does this limit one’s path to manager promotion? What do you do to continue developing your experiences?

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It’s better to have different client experiences early on in your career so you can learn more and also figure out what you like and dislike. Is there any chance can roll off to another client for a year or so to see more things? Could always go back.


Some context: I work in Risk Assurance and I’ve been on the same engagement for most of the 2 years at the form (with some support work for other engagements here and there). Is my being assigned to a huge year-round engagement viewed as a disadvantage?

You should definitely be on other engagements and should be able to handle multiple engagements even if the 1 is year round. There’s no way you are busy on 1 client the whole year. Do you have downtime?

If you are coming up on the 2 year mark, you should now be the senior on the engagement and take on more responsibilities and different experiences.

I have about 2 months downtime where I got the chance to work on business proposals for the IT Advisory group and on some minor work for other engagements. I’ve voiced my concern to the managers of the engagement and my councillor. I have noticed new opportunities here and there, but it can definitely improve. They argued the fact that I’m on the partner’s main engagement gives me an advantage in terms of client leadership. Sounds a bit like BS. I guess I need some perspectives from other managers and up.

Are you doing the same exact thing on your engagement for over 2 years? Is there another workstream on your engagement you can see?

@EY1 I don’t do the same kind of things all the time. The SM on the engagement said to me that their goal is to move me towards a more supervisory role on the engagement (a go-to person managing the planning, conclusion, and engagement budget) while freeing up some time for me to do other things. So far it has worked ish, but it can definitely improve better.

It may not limit promotion, but having multiple clients makes you more well rounded.

Which office are you in, OP?

East coast office in Canada

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