- 2 weeks ago
- Wedding: August 2019 - City, State
Hi, all! Maybe this is just venting, but I’d like some perspective from strangers.
I am currently in college to graduate in May with my BS in Accounting. I’ve been trying to decide whether or not to take the CPA Exam (to become a certified public accountant) or just have my BS and be done. I have decided that I will become a CPA. DH & I are pretty set in being CFBC, so maternity leave/SAH is not a concern anymore.
I have a good job right now as an accounting clerk at a small/medium local business. I like what I do now, but as I’ve been in school, I’m learning that what I do (by direction of my manager and CFO) are really not…correct by accounting standards. Now I know that my manager and I are truly only book keepers and there is SO MUCH MORE to accounting. When I have my BS (and eventually my MBA and CPA license) I will be heavily overqualified for the job I have now.
Furthermore, I don’t like or want the two jobs that are above me. My direct manager’s job sucks – she does mostly clerical data entry and deals with project managers barking at her all day. Her work is extremely detailed, time-consuming, and easy to screw up. We have a lot of government contracts, so if she makes a mistake (or a PM does and blames her – which happens often) it could spark a huge audit. With an anxiety disorder, I definitely don’t want her job.
The only other position I would be LOOSELY qualified for is the CFO, but our business is heavily male-dominated. I would NOT be respected in a high position, as I (and the 3 other women who work here) are not respected whatsoever. Constant talking down, crude gestures, not to mention that I was mildly groped by a drunk coworker at a company event. Me taking any position of authority would mean pretty much a full culture overhaul, and that’s highly unlikely considering our workforce is mostly 50+ year old small-town conservative men. I also would never fully gain my CPA license working here, as a requirement is to work under a CPA for 2+ years. We do not have an in-house CPA.
ALAS, the CFO has made it clear to me (in closed-door meetings, off the record) that he is waiting on me to finish my degree. His exact words were “I also have a 10 year plan, and I have not selected an heir”. So, I feel pretty heavy pressure to stay here, especially since I have gotten tuition reimbursement that I would have to partially return.
So, people who have more life experience than me, what do I do? I have a meeting set up with one of my professors to get some guidance, but I’m so nervous just thinking about it all I’m sweating. There are tons of jobs out there for me to apply to, but this company has a “cut your losses early” mentality – when someone is found to be job seeking, they are immediately terminated. Any thoughts are encouraged and appreciated.
(Yeah, that did turn out to be more of a vent….)