Life after the Big 4

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After starting your career in a Big 4 firm, you’ve perhaps arrived at a crossroad which many before you have also come to: should you stick it out until that big promotion or should you find yourself an internal finance or accounting role within a financial services organization?

While some aspire to follow the partner track and remain within the Big 4 environment, the majority will consider making the move ‘in-house’ at some stage.

So, when is the right time to leave? What are the types of roles that would be available? What industries could you transition into? These are just a few of the many questions we are asked by our Big 4 candidates. 

Our latest whitepaper, Life After the Big 4 explores these questions and provides our experts' advice on how best to handle the transition.

Should I stay or should I go?

Are you looking to have a greater impact on a business? Although audit is very client-facing, you’re adding a limited value to clients’ businesses. An internal finance function will allow you to develop a broader business understanding and immerse yourself not only in the financials but also within the organization itself.

Are you growing tired of the late nights and constantly moving from client to client? Working in such a fast-paced, constantly changing environment can be stressful and take a toll on your life outside the office. Transferring out of a Big 4 firm doesn’t mean you will never again have busy periods where overtime may be necessary, but you will overall have more time for hobbies, family and yourself.

When is the right time to leave?

The answer is not so clear-cut, as it will vary on each person’s situation and their goals. The rigorous training, commercial acumen and exposure to a broad range of clients that Big 4 firms provide is second to none and provides an excellent platform to launch a successful career.

However, whether you joined the Big 4 as a springboard for your career or were set on making partner, we generally advise professionals to make a move once they feel they are no longer learning or developing in their role.

What are my career options?

Job hunting can be confusing when you’re presented with multiple options and unsure where to direct your career. The most natural transitions from a Big 4 into industry include roles in financial control, fund accounting and FP&A. Which function should you go for? How do they differ? What are the skills needed to succeed? Check out our comprehensive guide, and take a closer look at what each of these functions has to offer.

Looking to move on from the Big 4? Contact our team today.

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