Salaried Accounting Rotational Careers
Stop spinning. Start rotating.
Are you ready to step out of public accounting, but not sure which direction to take?
The Compass Program is a salaried rotational program for up-and-coming public accounting professionals who intend to move into industry. Participants work on projects for clients of all kinds—public and private, large and small, PE- or VC-backed, as well as entrepreneurs.
Through the Compass Program, you’ll become the candidate everyone wants—one with public AND industry experience.
See what it’s all about! Erin Matushak, Compass Program Director, explains the benefits of the Compass program.
Graduate Stories: What people say about the Compass Program
“I’m happy and confident in my current role because of Compass”
“Multiple different experiences but one thing on your resume”
“You can make this program your own”
Through the Compass Program, you’ll complete several projects over approximately two years, gaining the additional skills, experiences and contacts you need to determine your best path forward. Compass Program project areas include:
- SEC, regulatory and management reporting
- Technical accounting
- Financial modeling
- Finance / Information Technology Liaison
- Project management
- Business analysis
- Internal audit / risk management
- Financial planning and analysis – Junior, Senior, Director level
- Cost accounting
- Corporate accounting
- Business systems analysis—Access, Excel, SQL, etc.
- ERP implementation assistance
- Tax, sales and use
- Due diligence
- Acquisition integration
The Compass Program is for professionals with 2+ years of public accounting experience and:
- A Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field (advanced degree preferred)
- CPA (preferred)
- Demonstrated self-starter mentality
- An appetite/aptitude to learn and perform at a high level
- Flexibility – ability to adapt to new situations
- Love of new challenges
- Great communication skills
- A positive, energetic personality
- Strong customer service skills
Salary & benefits: During your approximate 2 years in the Compass Program, you will be salaried (versus hourly) and receive many of the benefits—and stability—you are used to.
Future focus: Compass Program clients bring you onto their projects as a precursor to working with them full-time in the future. You are not viewed as a temp or a contractor by the client but rather as a potential future employee. Our goal is to further expand your already impressive skill set and professional network. Our clients know your end goal is industry…and they are lobbying to win you.
Clarity: This program is about discovery. What do you want to do? Are you qualified to do it? What type of company/culture appeals to you? We’ll help you get answers to these questions and more, so your first full-time role after public accounting is a more calculated step in the right direction.
A chance to explore: There will be no shortage of good roles in industry for professionals leaving public accounting. But how do you know which is the right one? Do the traditional roles feel like a good fit for you (internal audit, external reporting)? Will you be giving up the variety in public accounting you still crave? We’re looking for motivated professionals who are still exploring answers to these questions.
All too often we see professionals transitioning out of public accounting who are unsure what they want to do next or are not quite qualified for what they think they want. In addition, from time to time people come to us who have made the wrong choice just to “get out” of public accounting, and then figure it out 3-6 months into their next role. We want to help you run towards something, not away from it, and we want to help you figure out what “it” is.
Increased value as a candidate: When you join the Salo Compass Program, you will open professional doors to entirely new areas within finance and accounting because you’ll be accumulating additional skill sets with each project. You’ll not only be giving yourself a new challenge, you’ll be giving yourself new options. Our clients are constantly looking for professionals who have both industry and public accounting experience. These are the most coveted candidates. And, when you’re ready to leave the Program, you’ll be one of them.
Short answer—yes: We’re looking for candidates who have an innate curiosity and want to try new things. So, we encourage you to try new competencies at new companies to truly differentiate your resume. This does not, however, mean that we have your career path engineered for you. We want you to learn to drive your life and career, not be a passenger…Your input is critical here.
Before selecting a project, you’ll work with the Compass Program Director, Compass Program Lead, and Business Development team to choose the one that best aligns with your goals. Your input is vital, just ask our current Compass consultants.
We’ll let you know up front: Work hours may fluctuate depending on the outcome our client is trying to achieve. We try to pre-identify projects involving overtime and let you know on the front end of the interview process, so you can make the best decision. Average work weeks range between 40-45 hours.