Im a first year audit staff at a smaller firm and have quickly realized that I want more (big4) what would be the right time to start applying to big 4? (asap, after 1 year; after 2 yrs?)

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Trust me you don’t want it

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Do it ASAP and ignore PwC1. Good luck!

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After exams done.

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Just ask a friend at a big 4 to recommend you after this year. We are under staffed and looking for anyone with experience

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Chill!! You’re not big 4 GT. Nice try tho

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Do you know your technical stuff? If you do, I’d say jump ASAP. Small firms are actually better at training basic technical skills because you do it on 5 small projects instead of once on a big project, so I think it benefits to start at smaller firms. You also get to know how the project flows instead of seeing just a tiny part of it. Otherwise, I’d wait until after senior 1. You won’t be doing the grunt work (which I feel like there’s more of) and won’t be adjusting to a new role at a new firm.

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No idea what world you came from but almost all public accounting firms are desperate for seniors and managers - those are the two positions that have the most job openings and need the most people lol.

I would do it as soon as possible. Like right after this busy season. You learned a specific audit methodology using specific technology. The sooner you learn the new ways the better. If you go after this busy season you won't have to repeat a year and they will most likely hire you as a staff 2. But as the others are saying try to get as many tests as possible complete.

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Let me know if you want a referral at Deloitte, just message me! I could for sure get you an interview. As an experienced hire the more CPA exams you have some the better your chances

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Experienced hires are easy. I admit there’s a benefit of having bigger clients under your belt, but as others have said, project wise you touch a lot more aspects at mid tiers

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I did four years at 100 person firm and four years at PwC. If I were you, go to B4 after one year of experience, do two at B4, then return to smaller firm. You’ll be a rockstar and not burnt out

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After busy season

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ASAP. I’ll give you a referral.

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ATL. It doesnt matter. It’s all US.

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Get your CPA. If you have a CPA, get one busy season as senior.

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You should go after busy season to start yr 2

If that’s what you want, I would recommend applying ASAP. I like my job (for the most part) and think it’s great learning experience. I would NOT wait to apply though. Big 4’s do not usually hire in higher level staff

I’ve also know SMs and partners to switch PA firms. Only 1 SM but multiple partners.

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