If you want to work in corporate development and have a reasonable lifestyle, solid pay, and hang out with Ron Conway and Ashton Kutcher while turning down multi-billion dollar acquisition offers (just kidding – read the article I linked to), one option is to suffer your way through investment banking and break in after working 80-90 hours per week for a few years…
…or you could just skip that altogether, work in Big 4 transaction advisory services, and leverage that experience to break in – like our interviewee today did.
He did what most consider “difficult to impossible”: moving from traditional audit/accounting at a Big 4 firm into the advisory group, and finally into corporate development at a well-known financial institution.
And today, he’s going to explain the entire process – from his story and how to make all these moves to what corporate development at a Fortune 500 company is like.
From Chartered Accountant to Chartered Acquisitions
Q: You know how this works.
Give us your story and the overall timeline for what you accomplished.