Keys to being a Top-Rated 1st Year

This is really a summary of things that I wish I had known going into my first year, or at least was told and should have payed more attention. For many of these you have heard them before but I wanted to actually add some value so I gave you actual ways you can put […]

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Audit vs Investment Banking: Part 3 – Lifestyle

Accounting Busy periods The longest hours for accountants will usually be during their time in public accounting. There is a good amount of travel, frequently periods of long hours including “busy season” which can be more than once a year. Audit What recruiters don’t tell you is that while most companies have a 12/30 year […]

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31 Commonly Used Big 4 Interview Questions (Deloitte, PwC, EY, KPMG)

One of the best things you can do to prepare for an interview is to research the interview questions Big 4 firms (Deloitte, PwC, E&Y, & KPMG) most commonly use, and practice them ahead of time. Getting together a list and practicing the Interview questions is essential because it makes you more calm, look professional, […]

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Audit vs Investment Banking: Part 2 – Compensation

Accounting The accounting compensation is going to be greatly overshadowed by the finance pay.  It just isn’t that sexy. Accountants don’t get rich through employment (with the exception of CFO/Director level executives) but it is definitely enough to put them in the upper middle class. Starting with the exit from PA, the general rule is you […]

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Accounting vs Investment Banking: Part 1 – Career Path

In this 4 part series I’ll be covering in depth the differences between a typical career in accounting starting in (Big 4) public accounting, and a typical career in finance starting in investment banking. First up in the series is a long term look at the career paths of each Accounting – Career Path The […]

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Day in the Life – Big 4 Audit (Busy Season)

  1st Year Audit Staff (Busy Season) I want to give you a day in the life of a busy season audit staff so that you can see what it could be like at the worse end of the spectrum. Don’t let this scare you away from the profession entirely because these busy periods are […]

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Audit to Investment Banking

How to make it happen? The short answer, and you probably saw it coming is Networking Of the people who transfer from audit to Investment Banking, the breakdown of their path likely goes something like this: 10% Audit > IB 15% Audit>TS>IB 40% Audit>TS>Top MBA>IB 30% Audit> Top MBA>IB 5% Audit>TS>CF>MBA/IB Transfer to Transaction Advisory […]

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How to network your way to a Big 4 interview

If you’re not at a “target” school for the Big 4 or you just have a low GPA it can be very challenging to get noticed. About 85% of new hires come directly from schools that the Big 4 recruit from on an annual basis. So what do you do if the Big 4 don’t come […]

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10 Things NOT to do on LinkedIn

10 Things you do NOT want to do on LinkedIn. 1) Don’t attempt to connect with everyone to seem popular While it may seem tempting at least when you’re first getting started to add everyone and anyone who shows up on the “People you may know” list, I would advise against it. Concentrate on building […]

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8 Tips for Big 4 Interviews

Big 4 Interviews (KPMG, Deloitte, PwC, E&Y) can be stressful, but if you prepare and practice enough it will make it a much easier and relaxed experience.  As I have said throughout the blog, and in more detail in Big 4 Blueprint – the Big 4 firms are looking for polished, professional, and hard working students […]

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