The Valuation Career Path

How do you determine the value of intellectual property? What is a brand name worth? How much should a company pay to purchase a competitor? These are just a few of the complex questions answered by valuation professionals. And today, demand for entry-level associates in this dynamic field is growing by double digits. As a valuation associate at a Big Four firm, you will be part of a team that provides specialized financial analyses and models that will impact your clients’ business decisions on important matters such as strategy and acquisitions, asset management, restructuring and divestitures, and management planning.

As you build upon your knowledge and experience with a partner firm’s sources of data, methodologies and tools, you’ll have opportunities to observe and learn from client interactions, including providing support to the firm’s audit/assurance service line. Valuation associates tackle tasks such as financial statement analyses; due diligence on specific economic, industry and client company issues; and documentation that supports the firm’s audit teams as well as its clients—where you will provide reports, models or workpapers. You’ll progress to conducting your own analyses and eventually as manager to overseeing and managing valuation projects.

To learn more about a career in Valuation services, including sample projects and more, click here.

MAcc Val Career Path Chart

Career Support

We consider your success fundamental to our program’s success. That’s why the Vanderbilt MAcc program provides you with personalized career consultation and preparation. We’ll help you get ready for interviews for internship placement and we’ll facilitate several firm-hosted interactions and school-sponsored events so you can learn more about your fit in this dynamic and rewarding profession.

What do you need in the way of support? We know and are ready to provide it!
  • Successful placement practices and partner firm involvement
  • Candid critique of your resume
  • Effective strategies for networking and corresponding with partner firms
  • Individualized interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Seamless scheduling for interviews with partner firms
  • Unified process for Schweser CFA and Becker CPA review course administration, exam scheduling and licensure eligibility
  • Facilitated alumni engagement
Just turn to the Vanderbilt MAcc team for answers to these and other questions you may have. Then get ready for an exciting career!