Post # 1
I am 27 years old (almost 28)…I went back to school approx. 3 years ago to get my Master’s in accounting and graduated in August. I have worked for the past 9 months at a major accounting firm. I absolutely HATE what I do. The major reason I went back to school for this was because it would essentially guarantee job opportunity/stability. I am so bored, so frustrated, I feel like I have no life and I am honestly becoming depressed.
I am making myself SICK over my job. I get stressed very easily and get myself worked up inside to the point that I have developed ulcerative colitis (a disease of the intestines brought on by nerves). I don’t know what to do. I am too “old” to have a career change, too “old” to go back to school again, and quite frankly I DON’T WANT to go back to school AGAIN!
I planned to stick this job out for at least 1 year but am so afraid that nobody will want to hire me if I choose to go elsewhere since I lack experience in other areas. Prior to this job I worked as an administrative assistant/office manager for almost 2 years and wouldn’t mind returning to this type of position again but I will feel like I failed. I would essentially be going back to doing what I did before and take a MAJOR pay cut!
I feel like I am a big disappointment to my family but I hate my life and ugh I just don’t know what to do!!!!! Are there any other Bees who started an entry-level position later on in life?
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Take the paycut and be happy. Life is too short to be miserable and honestly some administrative assistants and office managers make more than I do and I’m an attorney. If you’re going to do any additional schooling, I would recommend learning medical coding and billing. It’s easy and there are usually night classes you can take. It would make you more marketable and increase your salary as an admin asst or office manager; you could even look to being a practice administrator. One piece of advice though, drop the Master’s from your resume when you apply for admin asst and officer manager positions so they don’t think you are overqualified.
Post # 4
I don’t think what you’re wanting is an entry-level position. I think you just haven’t discovered what it is what you love and because you hate your current job so much you think that you just want a simple minded job. Do you have a dream job? What do you see yourself doing in your wildest dreams? How about talking to a career counselor?
Post # 5
@serenitea: I’m right there with you.. but I haven’t completed my second degree yet (going back to school this fall). My first degree is in paralegal studies and I HATE it. Like yours, I just find it completely boring and miserable.
As @beachbride1216: said, life is too short to be miserable. Start applying to other jobs that you think you would have an interest in. A lot of places are looking for people that simply HAVE a degree – not necessarily what the degree is in. An accounting degree is very valuable and I would think very transferable.
Personally, I thought about doing something in pharmaceutical sales. The fact that I’d be out and about everyday is very appealing to me because I love variety!
Post # 6
@serenitea: And PS – you are NOT too old for a career change!! Don’t even think that way! A lot of people are still in school, or going back to school, or just STARTING their careers at your age!
Post # 7
I totally get the appeal of a “simple” job. I finally finished my education this spring -masters and JD though I’m not (and never planned to be) practicing law in the tradional sense. The other day I had the horrible realization that I’ve set myself up to have to really THINK creatively every day. No cruising along in my future. It’s daunting to think of the next 40 years as always being high stress and high stakes.
Post # 8
@serenitea: Have you thought about doing non-profit accounting? There is defintely a pay cut, but you will still use your degree. My non profit has a part time accountant but she still makes about 50k a year. Because she is part time she is accountable for a lot less than the average account at a large firm. There are also only 10 staff people at my job, she seems really happy in her job. She has a few high stress weeks out of the year, mainly being during the audit, but other than that she is happy.
Post # 9
@beachbride1216: funny you should mention the medical billing/coding…I meant to research this profession before to find out what it’s all about, I will definitely look into it…thanks for your other suggestions as well. I am afraid to eliminate the Master’s degree from my resume as I need to account the absent block of time I did not work on my resume -the time I was in school (I actually did work part-time as a cold caller but I don’t think that would be relevant to whatever position I am applying for).
Do you think if I set my salary requirement as lower (or within reason of the job I am applying for) it will matter if the Master’s is on there? Thanks!
@bebero: I always wanted to be a guidance counselor. My brother-in-law (sister’s husband) has been one for 10 years and he advised me to not go into that field as he has a waitlist for unpaid INTERNS! So that’s why I went into accounting. I am a creative person but am not well trained in any particular area of art…I guess I am just all over the place :/..I prefer a job with NORMAL hours (ie – 8 hour day) I think I would love working at a college. I just hate that my whole day is typically spent in a room without windows and I’m LUCKY if I’m only working 9- 6:30. (except for today and tomorrow, I am unassigned to a client = FREE! hence why I am on here :))
@MrsTillerResq: It’s good to know I’m not the only one that has been through this. I definitely feel old though…I was hoping to be much more settled career-wise at this point in my life. I don’t want to go back to school but I do think I would enjoy working in a college/university setting. At this point I think I have given up on any sort of “dream” job and will just settle for a job with a pension.
@HaleyJackson: Lol but if you love what you are doing I am sure time will fly!
@Meant2Bee: Actually it’s funny you should mention this because I am currently an auditor and have worked on a few non profits..the only client’s I really enjoy – although I AM the person your friend dreads 🙂 I definitely have a preference towards not for profit accounting…what type of setting does your friend work in? I would love to work for a college/university!
Post # 10
@serenitea: well, what I would do if I were you, is search for an entry level position while working on becoming a guindance counselor. you can work an entry level job that you find satisfying while looking for an opportunity to work as a guidance counselor… seems like the best of both worlds
i know it sounds easier said than done. my husband recently went through a career change at 30 years old. it was hard and there were lots of tears and sweat over it, but it was totally worth it
Post # 11
I would suggest looking into other career options in your field. There are MANY for those with an acconting degree that do not require being an accountant! It sounds like you just haven’t found the right fit.
Why take 10 steps back just because you don’t like your current position? You have so many better options than that.
Post # 12
Right now i’m in a “simple job” and frankly it has run its course. But it fit into my life for what I needed at the time. There is no shame in that. You are simply trying to figure things out right now, and frankly it certainly is easier to do that a low stress, mundane job.
Working for major account firm is totally stressful. Just be glad you recognize that this isn’t for you early on.
Perhaps as PP stated you can simply switch to being a controller or junior accountant for a small company or not for profits.
Post # 13
@serenitea: She works for a children’s charity, of which I currently work as well.
Post # 14
@serenitea: First of all ((hug))
Listen: there is no shame in choosing a lesser-paying job that you *enjoy* I do not care what anyone tells us, it’s not healthy or acceptable to settle.
My college background is in Music and Communications, which in my case, has yielded some pretty interesting job oppertunities: marketing, sales, HR, etc. I’m currently in finance because a friend got me on at his company……..that sucks and he left like 2 months later.
I’ve stayed here a year because of the stable pay and tons (5 weeks) of time off…but this job is stressful and gives me heartburn and headaches daily, and it’s not paying *that* much where I couldn’t make the same doing something easier.
I’ll know soon, but an chance to apprentice as a tattoo artist may be on the horizen for me, and I’m going to have a big decision to make: do what I love that will pay less, or stick it out here feeling like a sell out.
Tattooing isn’t exactly a job many people smile upon, and it’s definitely something no one at my private college would ever be caught dead doing…but if it makes me happy, I’m going to do it.
So should you.
Post # 15
Have you considered other areas of accounting? It sounds like auditing is bleeding you dry (which is what it does to most people). My husband is a Managerial Accountant and absolutely loves it. His job is stimulating without being overwhelming (he’d rather die than have taken the auditing route). How do you feel about finance? I feel like there are so many alternatives that could utilise your education!!
Post # 16
OMG you sound just like me and I just had this conversation with my husband YESTERDAY!! You and I are the same age and in similar situations. I am working in a desk job but my major is in the arts and I can’t stand sitting behind a computer all day. I feel really unfulfilled and like I am not working to the best of my efforts because my heart is not totally there. I had considered going to be a high school counselor but decided not to for the very same reasons you mentioned.
It’s tough and to top it all off I have to make sure I bring in enough to pay my college loans (along with other bills) every month. There is nothing wrong with “stepping back” to be in a position you are happy with, as long as you can afford it. There is absolutely no reason to be miserable for the next 30 or so years of your life.
Let us know what you end up doing, I’ll be interested to hear!