Top Four Companies of Audit & Consulting Sector Met At Big4 Summit
Oct 26, 2016

Big4 Summit, organized jointly by the Department of Economics at Faculty of Management and ITU Economics Club, has brought together the managers of four big audit and consulting companies in Turkey. Managers of Ernst & Young, Klynveld Main Goerdeler - KPMG, Deloitte, and PricewaterhouseCoopers – PwC spoke at the summit that was held on 21 October at ITU Maçka Campus, which attracted a lot of students who were interested in attending the event.

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Big4 Summit, chaired by Prof. Fuat Erdal of the Department of Economics, included insightful sessions on what is awaiting prospective employees and possible career paths for the newly graduates who would consider pursuing a career in these companies. The managers from the companies narrated their experiences in the sector and answered the questions of the students in the sessions.

Füsun Patoglu, partner at Ernst & Young Consultancy, was the first speaker. Patoglu defined consultancy as a period of never-ending studentship and emphasized the centrality of individual capabilities along with education for a successful career in this field.

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Emrah Akın, partner at KPMG Turkey, talked about consultancy and fiscal issues after briefly narrating his success story. Akin stated that central to consulting was imparting a sense of confidence to clients and qualities expected from an ideal consultant were knowledge of technical issues related to the field, having developed one’s outlook towards life, and creating an awareness on one’s own country. Akin concluded his speech by advising students to do the jobs they feel passionate about and do their best in their profession. Also, Akin emphasized the importance of being constantly informed about the economic indicators of the country in which one lives such as growth figures, budget, and tax revenues.

The next speaker, Müjde Şehsuvaroglu, sector leader at Deloitte Turkey Insurance Industry, informed the audience about career opportunities in audit sector. The last speaker Baran Engür, Senior Manager at PwC - Deals - Transaction Services Turkey, gave a detailed speech on company merger and acquisition processes.