I just want a simple minded job and I feel like a failure for it!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • 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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@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 # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@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

 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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@serenitea:  She works for a children’s charity, of which I currently work as well. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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!

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