When did you know audit wasn’t for you? A1 here about 8 months in and hate it. Has anyone here felt this way or been through this? I’m having a really tough time trying to push through until at least senior. I know I should stick it out but every day senior feels further and further away. I’m really interested in working at a tech company or something similar. I have two bachelor’s degrees, master’s degree, and passed the CPA exam. I’m also looking into learning SQL or R to give myself a leg up.

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I jumped ship in less than a year from audit.

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Had I known about it first, I would’ve probably chose it over audit.

Audit experience and exposure to back office business operations is invaluable. Stick it out until one year of Senior - then move on. You'll learn a lot more than you think. Teaches organization and teamwork. Expressing ideas via documentation is an essential business skill and auditing helps build those skills. Also, enables practical understanding of how data flows through systems - important for any type of modern analyst or even executive role. Will promote more quickly than in most industries and gain experience managing people in a professional services environment. Many pros, but...

I get it - tough hours in the weeds - at some point you can't just take auditing any longer - especially if you don't click with your team. I left auditing over 4 years ago doing consulting work now. Just saying you up-skill while auditing- to a certain point - then move on because you don't want to do it forever. If you stay too long you'll be either a career auditor or working in corporate accounting. If that's for you (probably not based on prior posts) - great. If not, take the exit ramp, but be smart about which one you take.

I work with data & analytics using SQL and Python daily - there are many paths post audit. If you don't think your learning - try to get a new engagement in an industry that interests you. Industry-specific knowledge will definitely help you land a cushier role.

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This is really solid advice. Thank you! I think part of my problem is that I don’t enjoy the industry I’m in. Maybe I can talk to my career coaches and maybe make an industry switch 🤞🏼

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Just looking for advice or someone to wallow in misery with lol

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I know exactly what ur going thru. I had and still sometimes have the same feeling. I moved to m&a tax and the work is much more interesting now. I still get the feeling of “why the heck did I study for years and get my cpa to be making less than my buddies who work in e-commerce and other jobs that don’t need qualifications”.
So many factors play a role in happiness but I think it does get better over time. As your salary goes up and you feel like you’re mastering a field and get more responsibility you have a choice to start owning the work and be proud of your expertise. That being said, my advise is to follow your gut in a calculated way. Let me know if you want to chat.

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As someone who left audit at year 4 for an mba, I’d say leave now. My biggest regret was not leaving earlier or switching service line (to advisory) at another big 4

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That’s why I recommend going to another big 4. Even if there is a formal transfer procedure, there are limited slots. Just leave.

I wish Universities do a better job with advertising career paths outside of audit and tax when it comes to accounting majors being that we can go in many directions/take different career paths with those degrees.

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But all the accounting department money comes from the top recruiting firms at that school, so they definitely pay for universities to churn out new tax and audit people. Like at my schools, most accounting scholarships and some classroom/labs were fully funded by firms. Little name plaques with their logos on everything

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If you wanna learn SQL or R and jump into a diff type of analyst role in tech, I suggest dataquest.io. PM me and I can send you a referral code.

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Most interviews I’ve done so far want you to know the difference between union and join, and union all, how to write a join, different types of joins and what window functions and common table expressions (CTE’s) are. You can probably learn most of it in a month or two of you practice.

Work on the skills you need for the roles that interest you. Network with people in those fields.

And then just apply. Honestly, by the time you get a solid offer, a year could easily pass by and you'd be a senior by then. That is what happened to me.

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I am in the exact same situation as you lol. A1 8 months in and I hate it. Have cpa passed, masters degree, and business degree. Want to leave but no idea what to do next

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I’m in the same boat. Ready to jump but don’t know where

8 months in, no cpa. Trying to do a rotation in strategy so I can apply internally or at another firm. I cannot go through another busy season & simply refuse to. Currently waiting out summer rotation results & year end bonus to explore options

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In the same boat. Almost 9 months in but no cpa (won't pursue it) and while I've been lucky with my teams and got good reviews, I really can't see myself doing audit much longer lol I recently applied to an apprenticeship in another field so fingers crossed

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Knew about a year in that it wasn’t for me

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How did you end up at EY-Parthenon from Audit, what was your journey?

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Like, the day before I join?

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I actually am currently going through this. I’ve been an A1 for about a year now and I’m pursuing my MBA then my CPA. I’m starting a financial analyst position in a month. Audit is just to boring, rigid, and not my cup of tea.

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If you really really hate it, you are early on so it’s easier to make the switch now. We had someone in my office switch from audit to tax a few years ago. And then this last year I had one of my tax staff switch to advisory. Most of the firms would rather move you around than lose you.

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Same

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I knew audit wasn’t for me during my audit class in my senior year. I started looking for viable exits baggie I even started my winter internship.
I left for FDD after 8 months working full time.

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Have you looked at advisory roles within your firm? You might be experienced enough to start that conversation. The hard part is that audits still need to be staffed.

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Do what's right for you. Most people will understand, even if there's other conflicting emotions.

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Normal to feel that way. You just started, it takes time to learn. I'm 10 years in and still learning everyday. Have patience and things will start to make sense.

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I’m also about 9 months in, and I hated it during the first 2 months. After that, it’s been a much navigable ride since. It’s been so good, that I ended up getting very good reviews from my partner, director and managers. In the end, everyone has their niche. Hope you crush it wherever you go 🤝

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I’m in the same boat but in one of the “tax” groups. The work I am doing is not tax work and I’m trying so hard to transfer internally but the process is so difficult.

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They have the slot available for me and I want to join the other group, but my current department is very short staffed so they’re making it difficult

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