Potentially getting a new job, please help!!

posted 1 year ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

I have a few questions:

  1. You couldn’t find even a bookkeeping job for over a year and a half, just to have relevant experience on our resume?
  2. Finding a job in the next town over would require you to move? Is your current town over an hours’ drive to the next one?
  3. Why are you only applying periodically to accounting jobs? Do you actually dislike accounting? 
  4. Getting a simple clerk’s job would make you at least (prob more) than $14/hr., and definitely be less physically taxing than retail. 

IMO, getting your MBA before having any relevant work experience would be silly. Accounting is one of the top 20 growing fields, so there are definitely jobs out there, and most anything is better than a retail job. What’s holding you back really?

Post # 3
284 posts
Helper bee

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foodie90 :  To be honest, I would take the accounting job if you get offered it. I know what it is like to struggle to get that first career job out of school and it is not easy. You never know when the next opportunity will come around for you. Maybe the new job also offers tuition reimbursement, or you can push back starting your masters until you get back on your feet. Also, is it possible to get to work from your current apartment, even if it takes a little longer for a few months? Or you can try to find somebody to sublet from you. You can also try to negotiate for a slightly higher salary to help offset the costs, or they may offer you more than 40K a year. 

Post # 5
1267 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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foodie90 :  You’ve said it pretty clearly – you’re comfortable.

There’s nothing wrong with being comfortable as long as it supports both your short and long term goals. Does your current position do that?

As nice as a post-grad degree would be, it doesn’t neccessarily make you more hireable. It makes you more expensive, but this may not be viewed as worth it if you don’t have any practical experience. Don’t mistake potential career development for real career development.

If you really want to work in this field, I think you know that you should take the job. There will always be reasons not to do it (moving etc.), but those are short term inconveniences. Think about where you want to be in 5 years. Ultimately you know best.

Good luck!

Post # 6
580 posts
Busy bee

Check the terms of your current company’s tuition reimbursement program. Most companies require that you stay working for the company for a certain length of time after getting the reimbursement or else you’re required to pay it back. 

Post # 8
1709 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

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foodie90 :  don’t get your MBA before you have done some actual work in the industry. Then you fall into the “over-qualified, under-experienced” pool of workers, which is a much harder pool to get a job from.

You need to leave retail. Period. You have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Why bother doing it if you want to stay in retail? $14ph isn’t a great salary, unfortunately. And with this retail climate, it’s pretty darn risky to choose to stay in it. The longer you stay, the harder it’ll be to leave.

Post # 10
9296 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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foodie90 :  echoing others I would try to get a higher paying accounting job before doing your MBA. I have a lot of friends and family that did their MBAs and the most successful had some experience before pursing it. It’s actually the case in most fields though – someone with experience is going to be a better employee than someone with a ton of education who has never actually done the work. 

Post # 11
964 posts
Busy bee

Another person coming to say don’t get your MBA without 3-5 years of experience minimum. An MBA is as much about networking as it is education. Getting one directly after undergrad will make you overeducated and underqualified simultaneously. And doing one online can ruin the benefits of business school, particularly if you ever decide to pivot to something more prestigious and need a big name behind you. 

I have a Master of Accounting and have been working in the field for 7 years, 6ish in FP&A (the industry I happily landed in). Accounting jobs grow on trees. I have never spent more than a month or so looking for work. Get out of retail. It’s holding you back, and the longer it goes, the more hiring managers will wonder why you couldn’t find a job in a highly employable field. 

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