Audit vs. AnalyticsWatch
The Audit route sounds good because the ACA is very valuable, there's potential for management experience, and the exit opportunities are relatively good. However, the work-life balance sounds punishing. 8am-11pm for perhaps half the year, and 9am-6pm for the other half if you're lucky. That, plus studying for the ACA.
Data & Analytics is a good career, such skills are in high demand. The work-life balance is much better, usually 9am-5pm. However, no valuable qualification, less potential for management.
It sounds to me like the Audit route is marginally better, but am I mad to consider putting myself through that when I have the option not to?
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