I started in Big Four audit six months ago as a graduate, and my suspicions that this is not for me in the long haul have been confirmed.
I applied for and took the job because graduating into the country's worst recession in decades means the first thing you tend to value if job security, and Big Four audit is quite stable.
The problem is, I feel I am not using the skills I know I have (and have been told I have by different people) in this job, and I feel it's a waste.
I also work with some seniors here in the Big Four, and the work they do doesn't seem to get any better. So while I get to perform clerical documentation over something simple like cash, they get to do the same, but over derivatives. And they hate their jobs.
The medium to long term direction I'd like to take in my career is move into consultancy for a few years, and ultimately, start my own business.
My question to you guys as experienced consultants is:
how can I keep my mind sharp and focused over the next three years of the training contract? The work is quite routine and it could be easy to dull your mind because most times, you don't really need to think about what you're doing, just copy what they did in last year's audit files.
The Big Four churns out loads of ACA new qualifieds, but when hiring, what do you guys look for (or what do you think candidates should have) that helps them get ahead of the competition for consulting roles?
Any general advice you can give that I could use would be great.