Ok now let’s talk about misconceptions about big 4 travel. Many people think that you can avoid travel by going into tax or audit. It doesn’t matter what line of service you go into the big 4. I’ve known people in tax that travel a lot. I’ve known people in tax that don’t travel at all. The same goes for audit and advisory. I’ve known people in audit and advisory that travel a lot and those that don’t travel either.
In conclusion there are several factors that effect how much you will have to travel in the big 4 .
- One is the size of the practice that you will be joining
- Another one is the size of the client that you would be assigned to
- And the last one is the location of your big 4 office.
Depending on how much you want to travel you need to ask questions about all these factors during your big 4 interview. For example, If you don’t want to travel very much then you would want to work in a large office like New York in a group that has a lot of people nationally and you’d want to work on their biggest client. This would decrease the chances that you have to travel. The opposite would apply if you want to travel a lot.