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“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

A FREE download is available now: Richard Vinhais has written a free ebook called “The Professional Services Career Path: A Big Four Employee Perspective“

The Professional Services Career Path:   A Big Four Employee Perspective (pdf format)

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From the introduction:
I’m frequently asked by friends, family, clients, job candidates and random people I encounter on my travels what it’s like to work on the advisory side of a Big 4 firm.  Typically, if there’s time to discuss and there’s mutual interest in the exchange, I’m immediately bombarded with a slew of follow-up questions like:  What do you do exactly?  How does one get into that line of work?  How much do you travel?  Is it a good career path?  Is there such a thing as work-life balance?  Is it challenging?  Do you think I’d be good at it?  And so on…

The reason I’m so consistently willing to discuss my perspective with so many people, especially young professionals, is that I was once in their position and had many of the same questions.  When I received answers to my inquiries from people in the profession, many of whom continue to this day to be my friends, I was intrigued.  After some time contemplating the potential challenges that such a job would offer, I decided to pursue a chance opportunity to join the ranks of Ernst & Young LLP.  I’ve been with the firm almost three years now.  Looking back, I feel as though the six years of professional experience I had accumulated prior to joining E&Y, although invaluable on many levels, simply did not hold a candle to the client exposure, professional networks and shear rapid-fire experiences afforded to me in my present capacity.  I must confess, however, that this outlook reflects how I feel today, which wasn’t always the case.  Reaching this point has taken an immense amount of patience, hard work, resilience, ambition, and even a little luck.  Yes…I said luck. 

Table of Contents 

Introduction
Chapter 1:  Advisory Services
Chapter 2: Assurance vs. Advisory
Chapter 3:  Getting In
Chapter 4:  “Engagements” Defined
Chapter 5:  You have a paycheck but you don’t have a job
Chapter 6:  Client Relationships
Chapter 7:  Key Metrics
Chapter 8:  Is it right for you?