Corporate Finance Exit Opps

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Where can one realistically go from corporate finance? For example, let's say you start out in a corporate finance role within a Fortune 500 company, what other finance related jobs can you transition to? (Still mention them, even if the transition would require a grad degree, such as an MBA, or a credential such as the CFA.)

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May 2, 2010

Bump. What finance and non-finance jobs can one get after a few years in corporate finance?

May 7, 2010

Bump interested in this as well

Aug 30, 2012

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May 23, 2010

OP here. Note, I wasn't talking only about IB jobs. I'm interested in hearing about the various exit opps from corporate finance.

May 24, 2010

I am currently working in corporate finance at a top F500 company. I'd say, with the right goals in mind, the opportunities are endless because you will have a great base knowledge of finance. Plus every company has finance/accounting departments.

In my company, if you wanted to transfer to accounting, treasury, credit risk, these are all possible if you put your time in. With the great work/life balance you could get work experience and get into a top 50 MBA, CPA, CFA. and change from there.

Realistically, it depends how motivated you are and if you have a vision of where you want to go. Will you get into HBS by working in corporate finance alone? Chances are slim, but then again, maybe you'll get your CPA/CFA and have great undergrad grades.

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Aug 30, 2012
Snookie4President:

I am currently working in corporate finance at a top F500 company. I'd say, with the right goals in mind, the opportunities are endless because you will have a great base knowledge of finance. Plus every company has finance/accounting departments.

In my company, if you wanted to transfer to accounting, treasury, credit risk, these are all possible if you put your time in. With the great work/life balance you could get work experience and get into a top 50 MBA, CPA, CFA. and change from there.

Realistically, it depends how motivated you are and if you have a vision of where you want to go. Will you get into HBS by working in corporate finance alone? Chances are slim, but then again, maybe you'll get your CPA/CFA and have great undergrad grades.

Transfer into accounting if you put in your time? wtf. What group are you in? Accounts Payable?

I know plenty of people at top 10 business schools (including HBS) who worked in Corp Fin. None of which have, or need, a CPA or CFA.

Aug 30, 2012

Anyone? Lol?

Aug 30, 2012

I have zero experience with this, but from the description I'm not sure it will help in any way getting into ER/IB, especially tech. You're probably going to need an MBA to move into IB.

Aug 30, 2012

It's more of an AP management and operations role. Most vendor relationships are built by buyers and AP people. Zero chance that it helps getting into IB or ER. Honestly I don't think it's a good step up in the right direction for moving up the corporate finance ladder either.

Aug 30, 2012

This sounds purely MO/BO role. It won't get you into a FO role. You should be looking for those roles that invest part of the retirement or pension accounts.

Aug 30, 2012

Thanks for the comments. For me it seems more than anything that it could be a foot in the door to a solid F500. I've been looking around for quite some time so it could be a good break.

One of the questions I asked was how much internal mobility was in this position (I phrased it as "upside potential") and what they said was encouraging, like there have been people who have moved from positions such as this to Treasury and even engineering (tech company); while that was an extreme example, it was nice to hear.

I'll cross that bridge when it comes should it be that I get an offer.

Aug 30, 2012
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