Life After Public Accounting in Audit – Where Do I Go from Here?

After working in public accounting, you may feel that you want a change of pace or that you’re ready to face new challenges. How can you leverage your work experience? Having a CPA license in addition to the skills you’ve garnered in public accounting can open other doors for you and take you down exciting paths. Here’s a rundown of some of those possibilities:

Internal Audit

The best way of learning a company from the ground up is through an internal audit rotational program. Most Fortune 500 companies use internal audit as a feeder into the rest of the organization. After a rotational program of 18-24 months in Internal Audit, you will have the opportunity to transition into another area of the company – finance, accounting, operations, etc. This is a great way to pivot away from audit into another discipline.

Accounting Advisory

Accounting advisory roles within consulting firms still give you a client-facing experience and you will have the opportunity to work on interesting advisory engagements that include: M&A support, IPO readiness, FP&A, SEC Reporting, etc. In addition to being able to work on a variety of different projects, you will have the luxury of being exposed to many industries. With no designated busy seasons, these roles offer a great alternative to audit.

Corporate Accounting

Lastly, you might consider working in a corporate setting. These positions allow a work/life balance that is highly sought after and can offer much more consistency in your work schedule compared to professional services. Some options include:

  • Accounting
  • Controllership
  • SEC Reporting

Experience as a CPA can put you on track for a variety of exciting opportunities in accounting and finance.

Are you considering a new opportunity in audit, technical accounting, IT, cyber security or banking?

Contact Chicago Search Group today to see how we can help you on your search, or browse our open positions. We offer the highest level of confidentiality to our candidates and take care in matching our them to our client companies, working to form relationships that are long lasting.

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