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#1 CuriousCPA



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Posted 03 February 2015 - 02:16 PM

I am currently an auditor for a large regional firm in it's global public sector, auditing large federal agencies. The work is interesting, however I would like to work for the commercial sector, specifically with one of the Big 4. I currently have completed 1 year and a few months as an associate and have my CPA.


1. Would this be enough to transfer to either of the Big 4's commercial audit practice?


2. Also, even though I have the basic skills and experience of an associate at my level (ability to document, communicate with the client, understanding of GAAP), I am worried employers will only look at my federal experience making the switch to commercial difficult. For those of you who have been part of the Big4 hiring process, would I still have a good chance to switch over to the commercial sector? 


I do not want to wait too long before I make the switch because I am worried I will be pigeonholed into Gov. audits. Please note my firm does have a commercial practice; however, I've decided if I am going to make the switch and begin a career in commercial audits, I wanted to do so with one of the Big 4. Also, I have searched and read many topics regarding governmental vs commercial and the benefits and cons for both. 


Thanks guys!


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