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What is TheSwiftExit?

“If the wind will not serve, then take to the oars”
– Latin Proverb

We are the only blog & community dedicated to helping you to reshape your career trajectory and swiftly exit traditional accounting & audit.

Why?

Having seen countless friends and colleagues make lousy career moves in the mad rush to “get out” as fast as possible, we want those of you in similar situations to avoid making the same mistakes.

So who are we?

We’re a bunch of Millennials who started our careers (fairly) innocently in traditional audit and accounting roles, before deciding we needed something more to get us out of bed in the morning.

Despite continuously being told the contrary, we’ve been able to make our swift exit (multiple times!) into a huge variety of roles that were seemingly out of reach.

Between us we’ve worked across the following mix of full-time, part-time, internships and side hustles:

  • Big 4 Accounting & Audit
  • M&A / Corporate Development in a global conglomerate
  • Corporate Venture Capital
  • Head of Strategy & Operations in a high-growth Tech start-up
  • Managing Director of a FinTech online startup
  • Sales & Trading in a top tier investment bank
  • Commercial Strategy & Marketing in a multi-national Consumer Goods company
  • Corporate Finance (Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets & Leverged Finance) in top tier investment banks
  • Sales (& networking) to high-net-worth individuals for an international Media company
  • As a contractor, working from home in our pyjamas
  • As Trustee in an international charity
  • As Treasurer in a leading “charity for charities”

By the way, there’s just two of us and … to convince you that nothing is out of your reach … we’re still a few years away from turning 30.

We’re not here to talk about how amazing and exceptional we are (we’re nothing of the sort). Rather, we’re here to help you realise that – with a bit of hard work and hustle – you, too, can refocus your career strategy (at any stage) and nail those roles you’ve had your eye on.

At the time, our career moves took guts and we’ve faced a lot of backlash from friends and family (we’ve heard everything from “but you’re giving up so much money” and “you need to CLIMB the ladder, not move sideways” to “why would you want to travel – you should be here paying your taxes” … literally all kinds of nonsense).

But we were sure there were more efficient and exciting ways of achieving our goals of having high-paying, high-impact jobs.

In our previous accounting & audit life, we found ourselves being overly secretive and competitive with our close peers, and struggling to get the truth out of recruiters. We were insecure about having supposedly uninspiring roles compared to friends and desperate to get out, yet scared of taking a wrong turn and pigeon-holing ourselves in a dead-end job.

The result, for many people, is often inaction.

Being an entrepreneur isn’t only applicable to starting your own business

“Entrepreneurship is a way of looking at the world: seeing opportunity where others see obstacles, taking risks when others take refuge”

– Michael Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg, L.P.

We developed a whole new entrepreneurial mindset and applied that to forging our career path (we’ve only recently discovered that LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha write at length about this concept in their book “The start-up of you” … it hits the nail on the head! [Note: This is NOT an affiliate link … just a bloody good book!]).

We can help you navigate the mouse traps along the way, make solid decisions and seize the opportunities to learn more, do more and finally grow into that personality of yours in more strategic, commercial & entrepreneurial roles.

How?

Browse through TheSwiftExit.com for our latest posts, including free career hints and tips, as well as personalised 1:1 Coaching, support on reshaping your CV / elevator pitch, interview prep, dealing with recruiters (who often seem hell-bent on persuading you to take that Internal Audit role!), and much more….

Note that whilst we do want to help you make your swift exit, we’re not here to b*tch about Accounting & Audit; nor are we sour about our time spent there. 

Actually, we’re here to help you understand how such roles have set you up for life (as long as you get out of Accounting now), how to make the most of your time whilst you’re still there and how to decide your exit route to increase your chances of success.

We practice what we preach.

We don’t just talk about the theory of how to make the most important moves of your career.

  • It’s how we escaped Big 4 audit life
  • It’s how we got an Associate role in one of the world’s most prestigious M&A teams without doing the gruelling 16-hour day investment banking route
  • It’s why we passed on a multitude of £100k+ job offers
  • It’s why in every interview – rather than worrying about the gap on our CV – employers love asking about our time travelling the world
  • It’s how we switched from Middle Office to Front Office investment banking
  • It’s how we switched from investment banking to Oil & Gas, despite not being an engineer (or even knowing where oil & gas comes from)
  • It’s how we switched from Financial Services to FMCG
  • It’s how we switched from an internal finance function to a high-growth tech start-up
  • It’s how we grew an online business 10-fold within six months
  • It’s how we took the lead on raising Venture Capital finance for a start-up, despite having little to no experience
  • It’s why we told a multi-millionaire businessman where to shove his sh*t deal, despite our start-up nearly running out of cash
  • It’s how we sat on an industry panel in the City of London Mayor’s office, despite only joining the industry 2 months earlier
  • It’s how we teach in the classroom, despite not being a qualified teacher
  • It’s why we gave up our comfortable, high-paying job to start our own business

And we won’t stop here.

In fact, we’ll be making career moves with you.

We look forward to sharing our experiences along the way!

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