I have been reading WSO since my sophomore year in college but have just recently decided to start posting advice. My #1 reason for the late entry:
A majority of users here are college students who offer bro-science and I wanted to make sure I had relevant experience to back-up my suggestions.
Quick background on me:
Non-target state school, started at Big 4 Audit right after college, stayed there for 2 years, obtained CPA license and was able to parlay my skills into an analyst position on the buy side.
How I got to where I am:
Perseverance and luck - I've always wanted to end up on the buy-side and after failing to land any IBD offers after college, I realized the "traditional" path for me to get to the buy-side would have to be: Audit --> TAS --> IBD/MBA --> PE/VC/HF.
As such, I worked my ass off for the first 2 years in audit, obtained top rankings in my class and began the transition to TAS after receiving the senior title. I was working with a headhunter looking for TAS opportunities and the headhunter was nice enough to throw my name into the pile of resumes for one of their HF clients; I landed a phone interview, and the rest is history. I rejected a TAS offer to work on the buy-side and haven't looked back since.
Reason for my post:
I've been seeing a lot of accounting posts on here, much more so than when I first started reading WSO, and have decided to offer my experience to help any prospective accounting students who want to land into finance. Please leave questions below and I will respond accordingly.
I feel like I can shed much insight into the audit process, the TAS process, and much more, but would rather answer direct questions than post a 10,000 word post about my experience.
Quick note, if you PM me, expect a delay in my response; I will respond to replies on the board much quicker than PM's as I want my knowledge to be publicly available.