I am a former auditor with my CPA. Like most of us, I got sick and tired of that after a few years and ran towards FP&A where I'm currently an analyst for a public company. In my few months here, the job is pretty mixed but way better than the auditing.
I like that I get to do more strategic work and actually help make an impact compared to auditing where I would just find problems and let someone else fix them. I do not like how mundane some of the tasks can be. Things like budgeting can be cumbersome but some of the ad hoc work is very interesting.
I've really liked corporate restructuring and advisory. I've never been a creator and have seen myself more of a problem solver which I feel a career in this could fulfill that. My question is largely focused on how to get there, especially for a guy not in NYC or Chicago.
My plan would be to put in around 18 months here and then move back to public accounting in their business valuation group. I have read that a lot of consultants in restructuring spend time in valuation and I see great value in that group, especially if I'd help value assets in a restructuring role. Is this really the soundest way to get there? Is there anything I can do while in fp&a or valuation that could help later on like specific projects that would be good to be apart of? I have my CPA, are there any other certifications that would help set me apart down the road? I'm not sure a CFA would be fully applicable, but it is something I would consider if people think it would help.
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