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I failed to attain a graduate scheme in any of the big consulting firms or big 4 audit. I am really interested in pursuing a career in financial/management consultancy especially with EY. Even though I failed here, I did manage to gain a Finance Graduate scheme job starting in September in a international Blue Chips telecoms Firm in London. It is 3 years and I will become a CIMA certified accountant specialising in Risk, Treasury & M&A. I wanted to know if it is feasible to complete this scheme and then hopefully switch to consulting in the big 4 or other big firms.

Would the switch be possible? if so would it be hard?

Would working in industry pigeon hole my skills and opportunities to expand in the future?

If the switch is possible, would I have to start from the ground up at e.g EY on their graduate scheme (except I would be a qualified accountant already, as they sponsor a CIMA)?, or would they want me as an experienced hire in a managerial role?

Am I better off leaving the blue chip firm by applying every year to the big 4 and even leaving the blue chip firm mid scheme?

Should I just hold it out until I get big 4 instead of the scheme?



The reason I ask is that not many people switch from industry to professional services, its usually the other-way around.



Thanks for the help!
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I failed to attain a graduate scheme in any of the big consulting firms or big 4 audit. I am really interested in pursuing a career in financial/management consultancy especially with EY. Even though I failed here, I did manage to gain a Finance Graduate scheme job starting in September in a international Blue Chips telecoms Firm in London. It is 3 years and I will become a CIMA certified accountant specialising in Risk, Treasury & M&A. I wanted to know if it is feasible to complete this scheme and then hopefully switch to consulting in the big 4 or other big firms.

Would the switch be possible? if so would it be hard?

Would working in industry pigeon hole my skills and opportunities to expand in the future?

If the switch is possible, would I have to start from the ground up at e.g EY on their graduate scheme (except I would be a qualified accountant already, as they sponsor a CIMA)?, or would they want me as an experienced hire in a managerial role?

Am I better off leaving the blue chip firm by applying every year to the big 4 and even leaving the blue chip firm mid scheme?

Should I just hold it out until I get big 4 instead of the scheme?



The reason I ask is that not many people switch from industry to professional services, its usually the other-way around.



Thanks for the help!
It’s a fairly common switch tbh, though typically out of teams like risk or strategy teams rather than from a finance function (usually people want to move to those for the pay/hours ratio!!)

Definitely possible though would say to go for things like treasury assurance or financial advisory unless there is a particular area of consulting you want to go into.

Assuming you are planning to move after three years in industry you could apply to a graduate role if moving to something where you don’t necessarily have relevant experience though an experienced hire route would also be possible. At that stage in your career you’d likely be entering at the same level as someone who’d been on the grad scheme two years or possibly three if a more niche skill set is required that matches your experience well.
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