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    Is it possible to go from a big four school leaver scheme, get a ACCA or ACA after around 4/5 years and then would a IB recruit you? Would the job prospects be good? How would they compare to uni grads and what IBs wouldn't pick you up? Like JP MS GS?


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    After some years your degree (or lack of) matters less and your experience/career achievements carry more weight.

    It's not an easy question to answer to be honest because it depends greatly on which line of service you join, what type of work you do while at the big 4, and which clients you work on.
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    As a rule of thumb, RS/TS/CFAdvsory departments can exit into M&A boutiques without too much trouble but exiting to top tier Ibd like the ones you refer to is very unusual. Newly qualified auditors looking to move to ibd often use one of those departments as a stepping stone to get some deal exposure on the CV. There are of course plenty of exceptions. I'm not sure what the impact of joining via school leaver program will have on your chances however.

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