I'm a junior at a non-target in Florida, not even in the top 100 in fact. I chose to go here before I really knew much about careers in high finance and the like. And realistically, staying in-state was the only way I'd be able to afford it anyway.
After doing research I decided on trying to go for Big 4 audit, which recruits decently at my school, and take it from there as far as exit ops. I was pretty satisfied with the salary I'd eventually make and work I'd be doing after moving over to private, but then I researched a little more and found this site. It made me think that I could do better than just being an accountant. I think business/corporate strategy/development is what I'd really like to do.
Because of my school, I think thats a pretty unrealistic path out of undergrad, and obviously things likeand consulting are pretty much out too. Big 4 audit seems like my best option at this point.
Once I'm into Big 4 audit, is there something I can do to break out and into corp dev/strat? How realistic is it? Is it something I should do after only a year or two in audit so I'm not branded an accountant? I'm hoping to go to Chicago or NYC for Big 4 audit so I'm at least in a big city environment to network. Would from audit to TAS/TS as soon as possible help the cause?
Any advice is appreciated.