How to annoy a Big 4 partner if you're a practice professional

Ronan Hill 09.05.2018

I had an interesting conversation with a Big 4 partner when we met unexpectedly on a late train from Dublin.  

He mentioned the frustration of losing seniors once their contracts expire, normally to the warm climate of the sunshine coast or the sophistication of Sydney, and who can blame them? He didn't.

The months spent away from Ireland post contract are formative, and often set the individual apart from their peers when they return home.  However, as a rule, financial recruitment consultants (including myself) have been blinkered to the options they have upon returning and have generally promoted the route into industry positions as the only sensible consideration.  

The partner's point was that the hard yards have been done.
Practice develops like any other career and the transition from senior to assistant manager or manager to director and beyond all bring a significant diversity of responsibility and challenges.  It takes time to appreciate this and it's only ten years down the line, as careers are carved, that this is fully think about this; finish your contract, travel the world then reflect on the great training you got in practice and consider going back.
Would you agree? Definitely? Maybe?
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