Really feel like I fucked up my career choice right now. Everyone said you could go anywhere from Big4 and it seems like that’s just not the case. Have my CPA license, went to a pretty good school, and it seems like the only jobs out there are more audit roles and internal accounting roles which seem pretty cut and dry. I need to get out of this job but I want it to be the right thing as well.

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Sorry you got rug pulled like many Big 4 people who drank the cool aid. The reality is all the good jobs get taken by MBB consultants or investment bankers. We’re left with not so good accounting or IA roles.

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McKinsey Bain Boston consulting group

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As someone who started in audit, you absolutely can do whatever. You just (1) need to get out as soon as possible, and (2) understand that there may be an intermediate step along the way. It all just depends on what you want to do which would be helpful to know

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Reading this after one year in audit thinking I really need to leave

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I didn’t even make it to one year in audit. I decided to go back to get my masters and focus on passing the cpa. I’ve even accepted an offer for federal advisory at KPMG and they’re going to pay me $12k more than what I was making at Deloitte

If you think you need to leave then by all means. There will still be doors for you post your departure.

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I went into advisory, much better work variety, wlb, and pay. 3 audit busy seasons landed me in a senior role paying 134k hcol

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I went from pwc to ey, have never once gone to the nyc office but have been to philly, dc, Trenton, and London for client sites

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If you don’t want to be in audit/pure accounting roles in the future, you need to leave audit asap. Look into advisory/consulting.

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Yep same here. I switched from audit to advisory and found the work more interesting, although the schedule is less predictable.

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Be a househusand

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Yeah, that’s pretty much the standard exits.

If you want more finance roles then FDD is your best option. This is still accounting, but can lead to more finance focused roles.

Consulting is an option. Plenty of big 4 firms need people with accounting background for ERP implementations.

All else fails, MBA

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We are doing things different than other consulting firms. Let me know if you are interested in Financial Accounting Advisory, Transaction Services/Valuations, Capital Markets, or Financial Transformation. Happy to talk all things Embark!

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Negative. Obviously it is project/client dependent. But Embark does a fantastic job of sticking to 40 hrs/wk as much as possible. Unless there is a desire to work additional hours.

When all else fails....MBA

But I think you have to figure out what you want to do first.

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Got a GMAT book last week. Still feels like this next busy season might destroy me first.

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What do you want to do?

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CPA doesn't lead to everything under the sun, the roles it opens doors for are at least partially accounting in nature. FP&A is a good path for CPAs who want less accounting

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Go do FDD or try to land a true FP&A role

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Sorry what is FDD

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OP, dm me if you would consider credit risk advisory. I only started a week ago but its a decent amount of DD work and then some securitization work that’s really cool. Exit ops are great. I had just finished my first year with D audit when I moved.

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Are you in NYC? If so, feel free to message me. I’m a recruiter for banking and working on a role that is open to Big 4 cands. It’s a nice role!

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I am NYC. Dm me curious on salary though.

Audit opens lots of doors in the corridor of accounting

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Have you worked exclusively on Financial Services clients? If so, that might be the issue. See if you can get on clients in your interested industry (e.g. tech, retail, manufacturing).

Yoe?

@Pwc4 that is just not true lol. High corp fin people come from IB and Strategy consulting

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Investment banking or t12 mba

Don't get an MBA unless u know what your exit strategy is

I did 2 years of audit and 1 year of advisory and went into a senior FP&A role at a smaller company. It’s definitely doable just a bit difficult

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