Post # 1
This summer I started back at school with the goal of getting my Bachelor of Accounting. I am taking out student loans to do this, probably $35-40k by the time I’m done. I’m mostly confident in my decision but still a little nervous. This will be my second undergraduate degree. My first was sociology and I haven’t used it which is what makes me nervous about taking on school loan debt.
I picked accounting mostly because I feel like I can graduate with a direct pathway into a job as accounting is a profession rather than just a general degree. I just want a career that will be in demand and provide me with the income to accomplish my goals. I’m not super passionate about any career paths however it would be nice to work for a non profit eventually.
So with all that said I’m wondering how well you like your job and what exactly you do.
Post # 3
before you take out any loans, have you thought of doing career counseling?
Post # 4
@Jbunny: I’m an accountant! I even busted my butt to get my CPA. it’s definitely not a glamorous job but it is secure and pays well…at least here in the NYC area. There are all types of accounting you can do like tax, audit or financial acctg. Non profit is probably the most rewarding but all in all all they all can be boring. I’m not gonna lie, it’s alot of number crunching. I never have a problem finding a job but finding one, at least in this area of the country, that you like can be tough. Many acctg jobs in NYC can have really long hours and stressful deadlines. After a decade or so of working in public and private firms I’ve finally found a great place where the hours are great and work is not stressful. I’d really talk first to someone you know who is an accountant to see if you would like it. Good luck!
Post # 5
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I work for a CPA prepare tax returns, do bookkeeping, and payroll. It can be very demanding and stressful. The hardest part for me is meeting the same deadline for so many different clients. It’s also aggravating when they don’t bring you everything you need. I spend most days multi-tasking and switching back and forth between different projects. On the bright side it does pay well. I’ve worked for the same company for over 10 years. I do have quite a bit of flexibility which is nice. Not all jobs can offer that however. This was not a career path I planned on taking at all, but I am good at what I do and I’m not sure what else I would do since I’ve been doing this for so long. The CPA environment is a lot different than working for one company. Getting stuck doing the same thing over and over for one company is probably less stressful but would get monotonous.
Post # 6
@Jbunny: I’m an auditor in NYC for one of the big 4 firms…my days are long and stressful (I’ve only been w the firm for a year)…I’ve learned a lot but don’t believe public accounting is the path for me or maybe even accounting at all…it’s great money but quite boring.
Post # 7
A degree gets you nothing around here… I have a degree and I make a measly 35k. When I get my designation (in another 4 years) is when I’ll be making the *relative* big bucks.
Post # 8
Thanks for your comments. I have talked with a career counselor before and didn’t find them to be that helpful. As much as I like books I don’t want to be a librarian which is usually the career path chosen for me by those aptitude tests 🙂 I have talked to the chair of the department and she was encouraging as well as someone in the field who liked her job but I should probably talk to a few more people.
I am a little worried about the stress factor. I just want to go to work and then come home and enjoy my life, not be stressing about work on my time off.
I think I might take a couple information technology management classes and see how they go. At this point it will still be easy to switch majors. I just really want to get out of customer service soon