Audit Bowl

Has anyone worked for private companies as an internal auditor, and later decided to go into public accounting? Was a difficult to land an interview as several years has past w/o public experience?

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I think if you expressed an interest in a public accounting firm you would easily get the position. However, I imagine you will probably start as an associate, maybe senior, considering the lack of external audit experience. Generally firms just need people

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S1 is right. I took this route and had to basically start over as an associate in public. The upside is, depending on how much exposure you had as an internal auditor, you could possibly get promoted sooner and not have to wait 2-3 years to promote to senior.

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We just had someone join our Risk Assurance-IA group. He came in as an exp asc. with 2 years pvt IA experience and 3 years traditional GL acct exp. Left in less than a year for a senior auditor pos'n in pvt. Just expect them to discount your experience. Very hard to come in at a high title w/out prior PA experience.

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