The Front Office of a Back Office is a Back Office
The question I want to ask is whether audit at a Big 4 is actually considered FO in the exit opportunity sense and not just by pure definition. I actually worked for audit over the summer and definitely felt that it was more BO than FO. By definition, FO is client facing and revenue generating, both of which audit checks. But by exit opportunities, I didn't really get the feeling that you could network into banking other than the already bottle-necked CF/Advisory to IBD route.
So the question is, I got an internal audit MO (interaction with FO and senior management) offer at a bank and the FO audit offer at Big 4, which will more likely let me exit to the real FO at a bank?
During the 2 months at audit, I did face clients, It was actually a BBIB so that wasn't too bad. But the team dealt only with BO Finance people and at best Risk Management. You probably need to be a manager or above to interact with the CFO or COO and that's not really that helpful anyway!
Thank you in advance!