What is my best bet for a new job after working at a big 4 firm in tax for a year. I don’t think tax is for me and want to make a switch. What would be the best way to transition out?

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Same and at this point I will have to take a pay cut

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Govt! Start looking and applying now. Shoot for higher positions/levels.

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Audit associate positions! I left a big four tax associate position and trying out the other side of the aisle soon!

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Lightly worked on provisions. But no, I just applied to entry level audit associate positions and was open about my reasons for not enjoying tax work. I also spoke to how my time in the tax side of public accounting will help me transition into audit (reaching out to clients, working in engagement teams, etc).

What is the reason why you feel tax isn't for you? What do you not like about it?

Well I have good news and bad news.

Bad news: the deadline culture is less so because of statutory deadlines and more so because of being in a professional client service industry. Therefore, no matter how you pivot within public accounting, you'd likely have the same issues.

Good news: your problem pretty much goes away when you go in-house. In-house experience differs from company to company. You may still be busy, but it likely won't be because of deadline issues. With tax, you are guaranteed a specialized role in-house, which means you can potentially act as your boss as an employee. If so, it becomes the most secure and chillest job you can dream of (I have this). The requirement is to stick it out to at least manager (but more appropriately senior manager (I did it as a manager but got unexpectedly lucky in my situation).

If you're good at tax, I'd encourage you to stick it out. It gets really stressful before dying down, but it does die down (as long as you're good at your job). If you're not good at it, it'll probably be a long-term struggle unless you're willing to take a paycut and be one of those no-growth forever in their position team members (I'm sure you know what I'm talking about).

That or just change industries completely. Your issue is not tax, it's professional client service.

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