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Hi I am from Hong Kong and am going to move to Canada, probably Toronto, with an open work permit (which does not require visa sponsorship from employer). I aim to work in a big 4 company (preferrably in audit) after landing. Do audit positions in big 4 Canada prefer graduates with accounting / business background (in Hong Kong they dont put much emphasis on the major) ? Added to this, approximately how many headcounts do they have for graduate recruitment in audit? Here are some of my background information. Thanks a lot in advance!

current status: final year English major undergraduate student in Hong Kong
working experience: about 1 yr (1 big 4 audit internship and 2 accounting companies internships)
 

Naturgrl

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If you are working in the Big 4 (don’t know who the Big 4 are), experience and education in accounting/business most likely be necessary since Toronto is such a small market.
 

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What big 4?
Big 4 = the big four accounting firms. This is a very common term used if you're in financial services.
 

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Hi I am from Hong Kong and am going to move to Canada, probably Toronto, with an open work permit (which does not require visa sponsorship from employer). I aim to work in a big 4 company (preferrably in audit) after landing. Do audit positions in big 4 Canada prefer graduates with accounting / business background (in Hong Kong they dont put much emphasis on the major) ? Added to this, approximately how many headcounts do they have for graduate recruitment in audit? Here are some of my background information. Thanks a lot in advance!

current status: final year English major undergraduate student in Hong Kong
working experience: about 1 yr (1 big 4 audit internship and 2 accounting companies internships)
These are extremely competitive positions. Between Canadian graduate and hundreds of thousands of immigrants per year many with CPAs, business degrees, previous accounting experience some at big 4 abroad, etc. the jobs are extremely competitive. Think it’s going to be extremely hard to get recruited with an English degree. Canada is a small market. If you want a better chance you should get recruited and work for a few years in HK at one of the big 4 and see if you can get a transfer.
 
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whatarethose

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These are extremely competitive positions. Between Canadian graduate and hundreds of thousands of immigrants per year many with CPAs, business degrees, previous accounting experience some at big 4 abroad, etc. the jobs are extremely competitive. Think it’s going to be extremely hard to get recruited with an English degree. Canada is a small market. If you want a better chance you should get recruited and work for a few years in HK at one of the big 4 and see if you can get a transfer.
Yes this is exactly what I am thinking about. For average people the big4s must prefer hiring local people rather than expats with no prior experience in their country :( Anyway thanks!
 

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big 4s do more than auditing, but since auditing is their largest source of income, they are often associated with it. Accounting in here I think is just like a general term.
Then why did you say 1 big 4 audit?
 

scylla

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Then why did you say 1 big 4 audit?
This is an extremely well known and frequently used term for those in the industry.

OP is looking for industry advice so makes sense to use an industry term.