Big 4 vs. Corporate Finance - exit opp?
Finishing up year 1 in the audit practice of a big 4. I work on one of my firm's largest clients in the financial services industry in SF. While I'm not the biggest fan of auditing (who is..), I'm fortunate enough to at least work on some of the more interesting areas on my client (Capital Markets, OTTI, Treasury).
Post-busy season headhunting emails are starting to arrive, including a FP&A position at a Fortune 100 company - I'm interested in the industry, perks are great, hours are less.....
My goal is NOT to end up in an accounting position long-term. I'd eventually like to switch to something more finance-related, and perhaps the other half of my brain at some point... that would be nice. :)
Thoughts? Do I stick it out? Is FP&A a dead-end or are there learning opportunities there?
What's worth my time? My main concern is that I'll be challenged -- I don't feel like I'm getting that at all at a Big 4 environment. I signed when the economy was down and feel like I'm significantly more intelligent than a number of people I work with.
Estimated CPA certification/licensure completion: August 2011.