I am graduating in May and starting in Big4 Audit. However, I would like to transfer out of Audit in 1/2 years in move into Financial Advisory/Transaction Advisory Services. My career goal, as of now, is to get MBA and then move into PE/Consulting.
I interned in Audit last summer and found it really hard to network with people from other group like FAS/TAS, Consulting or Corporate Finance. I assume it will be same when I start my full time.
I was wondering in what way I can approach people in other group so that I can learn more about their work and possibly help move into their group. The only thing I can think is to try to get to know someone through company's IM or social website or find some alumni or friends of friends who work in other departments.
A friend of mine and I were talking about whether we'd rather be a top level rockstar partner (lets say by 35) or pretty much top out in a VP of finance type role in corpfina (same age). Which would you guys rather do?
I talked to a few professionals at a recruiting event recently about their work environment. Obviously, where I am in Florida, the offices tend to be a lot smaller than bigger cities. One senior audit associate said that he has a several different clients that might have different year end dates. This tends to require more work/travel in other times than just busy season, and he said sometimes its like he has two busy seasons. He said in a larger office, you will usually work on just one or two clients, and that your schedule will be more set than in smaller offices where you work on more clients. Anyone have any experience or knowledge on this?
I'm in Florida now, hoping to get a position at a Big 4 firm for audit. I'm not sure if I wanna stay here, or go to Chicago or possibly Boston. Firms seem to want to know relatively soon where you want to work. Even just for summer leadership programs, which is what I'm in line for this summer, they want to match you up with the office you intend to work at.
I have a grad position with the Big 4, which I start next year.
I was thinking about looking into opportunities to switch from Risk and Governance to Tax and Legal, (because it's what I know), but after speaking to a professor who used to be in the same Big 4 as me, he said in T&L there's not much chance of promotion, because you get stuck there.
He also said my first six months will be photocopying and making coffee, which terrified me given that I'm interning at a consulting firm at the moment, and I'm doing proposal writing and looking at annual reports and doing real stuff, three weeks into an internship, and I've got past management experience, so I'm a little worried. I'm also older and have more past experience than many graduates.