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Is Senior Accountant to Sr Financial Analyst reasonably possible? I'm having a hard time selling my audit experience to a Finance hiring manager who doesn't have PA experience or their CPA. I'm thinking if I do a Sr Accountant role for 1-3 years I would be more marketable for a Sr Financial Analyst position. Thoughts? Seems like most Financial Analyst positions want forecasting experience and some of the Sr Accountant roles I've seen mention that as a job duty.

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Honestly I see people move from senior auditor at big4 to a senior in FP&A all the time. If that’s really what you want I would just wait for the right opportunity and not waste time in a senior accountant role if that’s not what you want.

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Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I'm coming to the realization I'll be doing another busy season to get where I need to go.

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When I tried leaving after my second busy season I applied to a lot of FP&A type positions but never heard from anywhere. Meanwhile it was a lot easier to get interviews for accounting positions. I think you either have to spin your big4 resume in a way that’s very finance oriented or take an accounting role and try to transition internally to finance

Yes, I keep hearing people say that “many people go from big4 audit to FP&A all the time,” I really wonder how haha. I can see how accounting knowledge is helpful for a career in FP&A but it’s hard to beat out the competition and get noticed if you only have accounting experience

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