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Need advice. Interviewed with bunch of consulting firms& advisory after college, no luck. Went into accounting hoping it would get me one foot in the door. How do I Get back to what I really want!?

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Work on your niche specialty. Become an expert in a subfield, to the degree you're a go to person on that topic. Also depending on what you're looking to do, start passing some exams. Do you want to consult in alternative investments? If so, study for CAIA exams. Do you want to become a restructuring consultant, then go down the CFA path. And learn the jargon too.

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Actually Its harder to get into consulting once you work in audit. The only exception is that if you want to get into transaction advisory or forensic later on. Legit consulting firm ( management consulting ) like McK, BCG wont even bother interview anyone coming from audit. Not that audit is bad, but the skill sets we have developed over the years just not fit. The more you stay in the game, the harder its to do sth else.

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Its NOT harder to get into consulting once you work in audit. Depends on what type. I've done it in FDD and they typically get folks from audit, they just don't like managers in FDD so the younger the better since you don't have your risk averse mind set yet. But if you want to go to financial reporting type of consulting , as an audit manager they want you badly, I got an offer from E&Y FAAS group very easy. Also if you want to do management consulting -

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Cant. You are forever labeled as an auditor...get out as soon as you can so you may get a chance to get to consulting

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Kill it, network, and develop skills outside of accounting. Wouldnt hurt to get your cpa license too.

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I hear you RSM US 1, but don't think it's as gloomy as that. If Accenture or, say Boston Consulting, is speaking to a candidate who is a CPA with several years of audit experience at PwC, I think they'd take notice Add in one or two parts of the CFA passed and it bolsters your chances. It's a long term project, but it sounds like time is on your side.

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Ur stating same points. 1st, Its better to get out when ur still not deep into it. 2nd, faas includes forrensic, litigation and investigation, and valuation stuff. Management consulting is different than financial reporting.

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Sorry but there is no time to develop expertise unless you wanna transfer in 10 years when you're a partner. Obviously you can wait 4 years to go to biz school and try again, otherwise all you can do is kill it and network. Try make connections at S& and other big4 strategy shops. Seriously be a standout player at pwc, if you want it bad enough you'll get there.

Thanks for the responses, I am interested in the management /strategy side of the big consulting shops bcg McKinsey etc. just gotta figure out a realistic game plan

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