How Should I Move Away From Auditing?

It's Monday and someone needs career advice. From the mailbag:

I have worked for one of the Big 4 for the past year. I have passed all four of the CPA exams and I am in the midst of the application processes to receive my license. I had a tough year as I was on a big difficult client with a team that has high turnover…But I survived! I was able to switch clients with the understanding that I would be put on a summer busy season. That was a much better experience and I am going to a much better client/team this winter (thank goodness!). I can’t say I absolutely hate audit but it is definitely not love at first sight. I do know that I do not want to do this my whole life and I can’t see myself working as a staff/senior accountant in a company ever (sounds boring!). So I ask myself, what do I want to do?? I believe that I have some interest in tax and interest in consulting and venture capital.  Do you have any advice for me? Should I stay put? Should I try to switch to the tax department (I heard it is hard to do it within my firm)? Should I look into grad school? If I stay in audit for years, what kind of career can I look into after? Thank you in advance for your help, I really appreciate it.

 

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