Welcome to the business world. Maeve! Wow, the question is somewhat generally speaking so I will answer what I know about the Big 4 okay. Referenced to what I know about the Big 4 I do know that in the past they have downsized. Most of the time these are accounting firms, however, fortune 500 companies. Fortune five hundred companies are large corporations, firms. Accounting Firms, however some of these firms are failing due to software replacement for accountants. Financial analyst, if you want to work in business for large corporations, suggestions go to that company’s website and see what job positions are open, the demand from the labor and stats department online, also you want to know if this is a growing field or is not a predicted field outlook and growth. Last I checked this is not a growing field. Many business majors are out of work right now have been downsized and laid off. I am sorry to tell you that I do not want you going into the blind thinking you’re going to get some spectacular job. How many people and classes are by volume are they sending out the door? This takes a perfect Grade Point Average of 4.0 or better with a niche, to be completely honest, to get on with the big 4 is near impossible. Unless you’re going to Harvard or Yale or have a huge advantage. You must elaborate more on what you mean by getting on at the Big 4. Are you proficient in Math and engineering, accounting etc.? The big four hires people formally most of the time. You may want to look at other options along with the Big 4 and hope that you’re a chosen one, and if you are not no loss because you have done your homework with other job opportunities. If I can help more let me know. You can go to the Big 4 .com website or research the big four before making decisions, and for sure the college you are attending who is giving you this information. Good luck I do hope this has helped. I want you to prosper. Be wise. Another reference to the big four is four hazards on a job. So I must ask do you mean accounting firms or Fortune 500 companies. Thank you.