I'm finishing up my first year as an audit senior and going through the should I stay (until manager) or should I go dilemma. I know I don't want to do internal audit or financial reporting and I think my target future job would be VP, Finance or Finance Director, or would love some M&A exposure, rather than the typical accounting/controller route.
I've been looking at the job market and I've had some interviews for senior financial analyst and senior FP&A positions but I just want to think through what I'm doing is the right move. If I stayed until manager, I believe that will give me an edge to get into the c-suite later on rather than if I leave just after a 2.5 years in big 4. On the other hand, if I tried to leave as a finance or FP&A manager, the job descriptions look like they are wanting people with industry experience. One of the jobs I interviewed for went with another guy who had industry experience for the FP&A role.
Is an MBA something to consider here? I have my CPA but wondering if I should be thinking about that. If the company I go to will pay, I'll definitely go but not sure it is really necessary or a good ROI. Big 4 audit managers typically leave for jobs ~100k so it would really only pay dividends long term.
Also I may have an opportunity to do transaction advisory (due diligence) for a mid tier firm. I think I would enjoy this work, but really don't see how it would play into a long term career, if I didn't stay in public accounting. The travel would get old in that area so not really an option to stay on the partner track.
Anyone with actual experience with one of the moves I've described want to chime in?