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Top 5 tips to carve a path to become a Big 4 Accounting Partner | Big 4 Interview Questions

Top 5 tips to carve a path to become a Big 4 Accounting Partner

Becoming the big dog, that is, becoming a PWC, EY, KPMG or Deloitte partner doesn’t usually happen overnight and only a small number of people every make. Start your career off on the right path if you’re looking for a long successful career in Big 4 Accounting to make it to partner with these top tips will to help get you there.

1 Understand what you do

First and foremost as a newbie wanting to move up the ranks, it goes without saying, you need to develop at your discipline, whether it be audit, tax or advisory and understand what it is you do so you have a good grounding and people will trust that you know what you are doing and will do an outstanding job.

2 Learn about other parts of the Big 4 Accounting services

It’s very important to get to know what other teams within your Big 4 firm actually do. This way you’ll be able to identify other opportunities to cross sell within the firm. If you’re cross selling you’re creating extra revenue, an important partner ability.

3 Network within your Big 4 firm

Get to know partners and colleagues in other teams and build relationships. This is very important as when something comes up that they think your teams services will be needed for, they will come directly to you. This will look good and shows your ability to build relationships and again, start generating more revenue for your team. Finding these opportunities is generally quite easy as firm social events are common, so it’s a great time to build rapport with others and you’ll move well onto your way to planting seeds for moving to be a future big 4 partner.                                                                                                                                                                                                       

4 Be creative

Yes, it’s quite common to find lots of diligent workers at Big 4 accounting firms who are good at their jobs and do great work. But it’s a lot more uncommon to find staff who come up with great new ideas that can potentially be sold to clients or potential clients. If you generate great ideas that the senior colleagues can sell successfully, well it shows you have an entrepreneurial mindset and will only highlight your potential as a future big 4 partner.

5 Get active externally and get to know people

Start networking early in your career, go to different networking events and get to know people in industry. Even if they are still juniors, like you they are working their way up and in a few years’ time you could have a very good contact who you’ll be pitching a project to when you are looking to make partner. This can certainly help you in winning the business in the future, as becoming a big 4 partner is all much about generating that revenue at the end of the day.

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