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From Regional Audit to Investment Banking: How to Break in *Without* the Big 4 Pedigree

Can you break into investment banking as an accountant? We’ve published so many success stories from accountants that the answer seems to be “yes.” Just one problem, though… They were all at Big 4 firms and therefore had the benefit of a strong brand name; in some cases, they even had firsthand experience working on […]
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How to Defy the Odds and Break Into Private Equity in China as a Foreigner – Even as Everyone Else is Getting Deported

All the hype over emerging markets sounds great… …until you sit back and realize something: you don’t have a shot at breaking in, at least if you’re a foreigner with no connection to the region. And it’s especially bad in China, where, according to a previous interviewee and plenty of commenters, it’s nearly impossible to […]
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From Big 4 Restructuring to Investment Banking: How to Make the Leap

“Help! I hate my accounting job and want to move into banking, what do I do?” “What group should I transfer to if I want to get into finance?” “My Big 4 salary doesn’t give me enough cash for bottles!” If you’re at a Big 4 firm right now, you’ve had one of the thoughts […]
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