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Due diligence or strategy - £?

 
#1 Due diligence or strategy - £?
27/01/2010 16:19

po@me.com

In terms of long/med term financial remuneration, do you think commercial due diligence or corporate strategy offer better career paths?

Thank you for any comments.

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#2 RE: Due diligence or strategy - £?
28/01/2010 16:53

fb to po@me.com (#1)

Difficult question. Most of the strategy houses offer CDD as a service line, so its likely you would have some exposure to CDD anyway.

If you join a big 4 transaction services teams, its likely you would be spending a greater proportion of your time doing CDD.

CDD will give you a solid foundation in business fundamentals and a skill set that employers value. You will typically be working for banks / private equity firms - which creates some good exit options.

However, the hours can be a killer - lots of short-term projects, demanding clients and sleepless nights

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#3 RE: Due diligence or strategy - £?
28/01/2010 17:04

Q to fb (#2)

I am yet to see a Big 4 CDD or VDD document that is much more than a huge data dump.

Sort of a "if we put every single bit of data in, cut in every imaginable way, then we can't possible miss anything out" mentality.

Therefore, I would go down the strategy route where you will likely still do some due diligence anyway

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#4 RE: Due diligence or strategy - £?
28/01/2010 17:35

Cynic to Q (#3)

I once heard a colleague say "Avoid the double-D's".

I think he had a point... the hours in DD can be gruelling because you're often boiling the ocean whilst simultaneously up against hard deadlines. There is always more data to analyse during a DD, and team leaders are often keen to impress the client with how thorough they are!

Plus, you may find corporate strategy more varied and interesting in the long run?

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