Post # 1
Hi bees! I need some help…My husband and I have finally agreed that I can quit my job and find something new. He was hesitant at first because he hates to see me lose a big paycheck and great benefits, but I am beyond miserable. I have worked at a Big Four accounting firm for the last 7 years. It was my first job out of college. I have a B.S. and Masters in Accounting. I worked as a forensic accountant investigating white collar crimes the first three years and the last four years I have worked in our marketing department writing proposals. I don’t want to do either of these things in the future. I HATE my marketing job and the travel and hours are really bad in forensic accounting.
My main dilemna is I have no idea what I want to do with my life. I am ecstatic that I can look for something new, but have no clue where to start. My husband loves his job and is excited to go to work every day and passionate about what he does- and that is what I want to find! Not something I dread and can’t stand to be at.
I love interacting with people and don’t like being behind a computer. Any suggestions for jobs? Or what is your really cool career that you love that maybe I would too? Thanks so much for your help…any ideas welcome!!!
Post # 3
Have you considered investigative journalism? With the rise of large new media outet there is a growing demand for people with your skills, and you could do it from home.
Post # 4
Since you love interacting with people, what about looking into one of those nonprofits that give people financial/credit advice? You can help people while using your accounting background. Since you have a few years working experience, what about teaching Accounting at a local JC? I know some don’t require a Master’s to teach, but at least 5 years of work in the field.
Post # 5
Some people aren’t cut out for it/don’t like it, but what about sales? Like a pharmaceutical rep or something? You’re interacting with people each day and you’re definitely not stuck behind a desk. Perks include company car and cell phone.
Post # 6
@hotpinkbride: Take the Myers/Briggs test, it will help you a lot. Also, this is the time to follow your passion. If you don’t know what your passion is; start with something you love so much that you would do it for free. Research, research and research jobs in that area on Indeed. You may not have all of the answers but you will know what it takes to get in the industry and the jobs in your area. Good luck.
Post # 7
@tksjewelry: That sounds like something I would like for sure!
@abirdword: I have thought about teaching too. I think i could probably do it with a masters.
@AnAppleA_Day: I have mixed feelings about sales…I used to think I really wanted to do it, but now I am not sure.
@Soladylike: I’ve taken Meyers Brigg for work once. I am an ESFP. I’ll have to go back to my results to see what jobs they suggest.
AND THANK YOU to all of you for the suggestions. It is helping get my thinking started! Love the bee!
Post # 8
@Soladylike: Hmm, just took Meyers-Briggs again and was an ENFP this time and that seems to fit better.
Post # 9
@Soladylike: +1 to Indeed that’s a great place to look for jobs!
@hotpinkbride: Yeah I actually couldn’t do sales because I’m a big no bullshit person and I’m just not pushy enough, but I have friends who are pharm reps and they LOVE it.
Post # 10
Bump. Would love a few more ideas bees! Thanks!
Post # 11
Nurse? Business owner?
Unfortunately everything these days involves a computer, some jobs more or less.
I love being a business owner- I control my time, how much money I want to make, etc. Working for someone else for the rest of my life scares me. I want to be the one who is in control of my paycheck, not someone else.
Anyways, you’ll find out what you want to do. I will pray for you! 🙂
Post # 12
@banstett0414: Thanks so much! I would love to own my own business and work for myself…but come back to the problem of what kind of business would I own? Guess I am just in a creative slump these days…but thanks for the suggestions and prayers!
Post # 13
@hotpinkbride: If I were you, I wouldn’t quit your job until you have something else lined up. I’m in a similar boat to you – I’m educated, have a number of years of my job under my belt, but am not excited at all (even miserable sometimes) to come to work. The pay is good and I like the people so I feel like “what’s wrong with me? I should be grateful I have a job when so many don’t”, but I just can’t get excited about it.
I am trying to figure out what I really want to do. Follow my passions on the side. I know one thing for sure – I want to be my own boss. How to mesh that w. my passions and earn a living is the tough part. It’s very frustrating but I think I am making some progress. I just wish I could speed it up and get out of the 9-5 thing!!
I’ve heard that it’s wise to volunteer in a field you may be interested in before you make the leap. It sounds like you don’t really know what you want to do, so it would be smart to get some experience BEFORE you make the jump. You don’t want to be out of work for a while then finally find something and realize you hate it as well.
If you’re creative at all, and want to try having your own business, you could open an Etsy shop on the side. Maybe you could do project management for a firm that specializes in something you’re interested in – you can interact w. a lot of people and you’re a numbers/logical kind of girl it sounds like, so you’d probably be good at it. My bf used to be an accountant and then he got into consulting for telecommunications type stuff (lots of project management in there as well), and now he’s an executive director running a huge government initiative. There’s many paths you can take.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
Well I am not sure if any of these are your thing, but I am currently in a job I HATE and daydream often about alternative careers! 😉
– Real Estate: I used to work with a real estate attorney and I loved helping people buy/sell their homes. It was all just very interesting to me.
– Wedding planning: Now that I’m married I feel like a freakin’ expert. I would love to dive into wedding planning one day.
– Opening a coffee shop: Okay, that is probably not realistic, but if you’re business oriented and have the start-up costs, why not?! That is the big dream for my husband and I, but I don’t think we’ll ever be able to afford it.
Good luck, I hope you find something you love!!
Post # 15
@canarydiamond: Don’t worry, I’m not quitting until I find something else! My husband would definitely not go for that! Great advice on volunteering about something before I make the switch because my biggest fear IS that I will hate something else. Thanks for the advice! 🙂
@Mrs. Coyote: I too feel like a qualified wedding planning expert now! I would love to have my own store, but I think mine would be a stationary or greeting card shop. Thanks for the suggestions!
Post # 16
What are your hobbies? What do you love to do?