I have a/MSA in accounting, a CPA, and am a level 3 candidate for the CFA(hopefully passed come August) stuck in a big 4 accounting firm. I currently have two years of experience auditing large hedge funds, and am trying to figure out the most lucrative/best long term prospects job path at this juncture in my career. I have been extremely successful with the accounting firm I'm at, but I don't think I have the patience to stick out this mundane grind to partner.
I feel as if I would be successful as an analyst or in Ibanking, however I have had friends make the transition and have had to start from the beginning. Another option would be returning to business school as i did very well on my GMATs, however this would be a frustrating situation for me as I already completed a masters program in accounting. If I could have done it again, I would have done finance, but hindsight is 20/20. Instant gratification in large compensation is not as big of a factor for me as finding my self in a very successful position in 10 years. I see quite a few CFO's in the industry with the CPA/CFA designition, but is the comp worth the risk of having your signature out there?
Just wanted to here any constructive advice anyone might have with industry experience.