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Sep 13, 2020 - 5:06pm

At least in the US, breaking into the Big 4 is all about having a good gpa and being likeable during interviews. My friends that made it to Big 4 didnt go to target schools, but had good gpas and applied and got interviews.

Not sure how it is in UK, but for US I would recommend to pick the cheapest school with the best name in the state you want to work in, and focus on getting a gpa as high as possible. Example: In NYC Baruch kills it in accounting, and it's 1/9 the cost of NYU or Fordham/Columbia. Accounting is one of the few industries where a good gpa will get you a job at a Big 4. Focus on GPA and try to reach out to HR people or current employees at Big 4 and you will be successful. 

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Sep 13, 2020 - 5:54pm

Thank you very much for your answer! Currently I am in my senior year of my bachelor in European economic studies . At the same time i am studying for an associate degree in accounting. My plan is to continue my studies in the university i am currently enrolled in Greece to pursue an master in accounting with a full tuition scholarship( i will get full exam exemption for both ACCA/ACA). My main question was if accounting had the same "target school" system with consulting and IB and i would put myself in a serious disadvantage by going to a non target school. Following your advice, i will put best self to get the best GPA in both degrees!

 
Sep 13, 2020 - 7:39pm

Congrats on the scholarship. Why not try to apply for auditing roles now? I'm sure you can get a corporate finance role at a Big 4 if you have a good GPA? In my opinion there's no point to spend time on school if you can get a job, and with an economics degree and a good gpa a corporate finance role at a Big 4 is definitely achievable!!

Making money is awesome, trust me!

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Sep 14, 2020 - 5:16pm

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