I am currently at a Big 4 working in audit based in the UK. When in college I had an offer after an internship from a 2nd Tier. I enjoyed the work, disliked the highly unpredictable long hours and got good performance reviews. In the end I decided to get my ACA because long term I see myself in a senior finance role in industry and decided that the qualification is useful to have. Now that I am approaching the end of my training I am beginning to consider my options.
I am a strong performer with excellent academics (not quite Oxbridge but Edinburgh/St.Andrews/Warwick caliber) and good client experience but solely in audit (cannot move departments in my firm until fully qualified and out of training contract).
Ideally I would like a commercial business/finance analyst or corporate development position in industry (FTSE100/250 or similar) and then work my way up the ladder there. It would appear difficult to move straight to an analyst type role straight out of audit.
As I see it I have a few options to gain experience before jumping to the sort of role I want in industry:
1 - Move to TS (Due diligence) or CF at my firm/another Big 4 - The work seems a lot better than audit but is it useful experience to move to industry with? What are the typical exit options?
2 - Try get a role in IB corporate finance - I am aware moves from audit are uncommon in this economy and I am also not sure at what level I would be placed at (I imagine most definitely an analyst, potentially 2nd year).
3 - Get a FP&A role in industry and attempt to move from there - As I see it this runs the risk of getting stuck in FP&A for a long period of time, however had the advantage of being in industry with much better work hours than the other options
Has anyone else made a similar move from my background? What advice would you give to someone in my poistion looking to move into an industry role? What is the most useful experience to have to transition into corporate development or similar roles in industry?
I would also potentially be interested in doing a one year MBA in 2-4 years time, which option would provide the best experience for applications? Thanks for your help.