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The podcast for the short-term accountant. If you’ve ever told yourself: “This is my last busy season,” or found yourself going through cycles of un-motivation with Big 4/public accounting, then this podcast was made specifically for you. Taking you on this rollercoaster is Host Darlene Nacional, a former Big 4 employee who, with the help of her guests, is exploring the possibility of a career switch. By breaking down the professional walls in accounting through informal and unconventional career conversations, this podcast will take you on the journey of life at B4 and the possibilities After.

Join the community @B4andAfterPod on Instagram and Facebook.

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The podcast for the short-term accountant. If you’ve ever told yourself: “This is my last busy season,” or found yourself going through cycles of un-motivation with Big 4/public accounting, then this podcast was made specifically for you. Taking you on this rollercoaster is Host Darlene Nacional, a former Big 4 employee who, with the help of her guests, is exploring the possibility of a career switch. By breaking down the professional walls in accounting through informal and unconventional career conversations, this podcast will take you on the journey of life at B4 and the possibilities After.

Join the community @B4andAfterPod on Instagram and Facebook.

    From Big 4 Consulting to Full Time Online Coach with Victoria D‘Ambrozio

    From Big 4 Consulting to Full Time Online Coach with Victoria D‘Ambrozio

    Victoria D'Ambrozio left the corporate accounting world behind to go all in on her own online coaching business.


    Listen in as Victoria shares:


    Why she decided to go into Big 4 consulting after working in corporate finance & investment banking

    Her "Quarter Life Crisis" moment which ultimately led to her quitting her job to start her coaching business

    Whether she felt like she was throwing away her degree by leaving the corporate world, and what it was like to let go of her "prestigious" career

    Her tips on how a perfectionist mindset may be holding back in your life & career, and how to overcome these mental blocks

    • 43 min
    From Big 4 to Small Business Accounting w/ Kali Youngdahl | Office Transfers, CPA Studying & Job Search Tips

    From Big 4 to Small Business Accounting w/ Kali Youngdahl | Office Transfers, CPA Studying & Job Search Tips

    Today we're chatting with Kali Youngdahl, who went from Big 4 to a small firm with just 11 employees.


    Listen in as Kali shares:How she landed a Big 4 job offer coming out of a small school

    The logistics of how she transferred from a large LA office to a smaller office in Minnesota (within the same firm)

    Her advice for those of you who are thinking about leaving public accounting (interview tips and more!)

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Career Paths After Public Accounting w/ Recruiting Manager Heather Ceresoli

    Career Paths After Public Accounting w/ Recruiting Manager Heather Ceresoli

    Wondering what options are available after public accounting? You won't want to miss today's interview with former Big 4 Accountant & Recruiting Manager Heather Ceresoli!


    Listen in as Heather shares:


    Her journey from public accounting to finance, and ultimately to recruiting

    Her advice on when it's the right time to leave public accounting (and whether you should wait until after busy season)

    The different career options available after public accounting (some of them might surprise you!)

    Her advice for how to capitalize on your Big 4 experience to advance your career

    Where to start if you're thinking about making a career change


    Want more guidance on navigating your accounting career? Contact Heather at heatherc@taylorwhite.com

    • 1 hr
    Finding Career Fulfillment in Software Engineering with Jay Michael

    Finding Career Fulfillment in Software Engineering with Jay Michael

    We're taking a detour from our normal accounting content to bring you an incredible story from a software engineer who found fulfillment in his career.


    Listen in as Jay shares:


    How he discovered his passion for computers at 16 years old, and built a career out of it without ever getting a degree

    The unfair scrutiny he faced as a young developer in his field, and how this affected the way he was viewed by employers and team members

    His pursuit of proving his potential, and how he landed his dream job and fulfilled a lifelong career goal

    The full-circle moment when he realized the real-world impact of his work


    You might not expect a heartfelt story on an accounting podcast - but trust us when we say you'll want to listen all the way through on this one.

    • 59 min
    Producer & Co-Host Darlene Nacional Shares Her Journey ”B4 & After” Accounting

    Producer & Co-Host Darlene Nacional Shares Her Journey ”B4 & After” Accounting

    In this very special episode of the B4 & After Podcast, we interview our co-host & producer Darlene Nacional! Darlene shares her own accounting journey, and the many projects she's been working on since leaving Big 4 last year.


    Listen in as she shares:


    - The unorthodox story behind landing her Big 4 internship & job offer
    - What it was like being thrown onto a team without a senior
    - How she handled being let go from the firm as part of the COVID layoffs
    - The business endeavors she's been working on and the next steps in her journey "After" the Big 4


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    • 1 hr 30 min
    From Big 4 Audit to Project Accounting and Beyond with Sonia Rodriguez

    From Big 4 Audit to Project Accounting and Beyond with Sonia Rodriguez

    Sonia Rodriguez landed on accounting after she couldn't decide on a major her freshman year of college. Hear more about her experience from Big 4 audit to industry accounting, including:


    - How being a DACA recipient impacted her decision to work at the Big 4
    - Why she chose to go into IT audit rather than Financial Statement audit
    - The culture shock she experienced when she started her Big 4 career
    - Why she left public accounting for a project accounting industry position, and how this job compared to her Big 4 experience
    - How she used her extra time during the pandemic to explore her side passions
    - Her advice for new accountants & how to deal with the long busy season hours

    • 35 min

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