Forensics --> Valuations --> Corporate Finance?

frnzs95's picture
Rank: Baboon | banana points 101

I wanted to get people's opinions on potential career progression. I'm currently an associate at a Big4 in the forensics practice. I really love some of the work, but at the same time hate some of the work (compliance, look backs, etc.). I'm considering making a switch (ideally) to TAS - Valuations after 2-3 years in forensics, and then hopefully going to industry after another 2-3 years. I'm not trying to switch to IBD or PE, but ideally a Corporate Development or FP&A role at the corporate level.

In terms of the initial switch, most people in Big4 TAS come from audit or tax. I think my experiences will be unique - my plan is to have as much forensic accounting and M&A disputes experience as possible. I have my CPA, I'm planning to the Corporate Finance Institute course (gives you an FMVA certification but I just want to show that I can model), and I know Excel, SQL, and Python. If anyone has any advice on making that initial switch, in terms of how I can make myself more competitive, that would be greatly appreciated?

Also, in terms of making the transition to industry, what are people's opinions on Corporate Development vs. FP&A? I hear that sometimes an FP&A role at the corporate level can incorporate some strategy as you move into the Manager/Director role. How do the hours compare between CD and FP&A? (I've come to learn that there's no such thing as work/life balance in Big4, so that's something important to me. I have no problem working a 60 hour week if there's a deal or a forecast needs to be submitted, but I'd more than prefer 45 hour weeks on average. You can tell me if I'm being unrealistic with the hours.)

Thanks!

Comments (1)

Dec 5, 2018
Comment