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Has anyone experienced or researched exit opportunities outside of tax (e.g. consulting)? I’m a staff 2 and tax is not my passion. I just don’t want to become pigeon-holed for the rest of my career.

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I’ve been flirting with the idea of human capital consulting because it’s completely different. I’m just curious if they would consider my 2 years in tax as experience.

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Is it actually considered “starting over” when there’s a >20% salary bump? Haha

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I’ve been trying to switch from tax into finance for the past 2 years and it’s been quite a long process (still unsuccessful). I already feel pigeon-holed. Recruiters aren’t much help because they’re looking for someone to fit the exact job description but if I get anything through them it’s typically for hybrid roles for companies that would consider someone who is overall just smart and can learn. I’d say your best bet is leveraging your network or network internally. From my experience at EY most people internally are willing to get coffee/meet with you to see why your interested in the group. I have the same background as you (MAcc and a CPA) and have considered a MBA to reset the resume.

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There is no escape from Tax

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Try to switch to advisory

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If trying to stay big 4, communicate not and start trying to switch. If not, you’ll be fine if you are looking to switch in the first 4-5 years of your career. You’re not specialized enough for it to matter yet

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You’re harshing his/her mellow.

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At pwc I’ve seen a number of people move out of tax into another team at the firm. Eg internal firm services, HC, R&Q, etc. I think the key is finding a senior person in the business who is willing to sponsor the move. A partner or well connected director that you trust can make that transition easier by making introductions and helping to accelerate the red tape process. I think you won’t know about whether you get “credit” for the two years already done until you’re able to identify where you’re going. I think it would be difficult to get full credit, but if they have gaps at the right levels, that could mean you will.

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As a tax person, I’d say to switch out now.

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One of our tax seniors tried to switch to DT advisory and it was a long, complicated process and in the end they were denied....

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I think it depends on what group of tax, what city & what your looking for.

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