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Do you like your job? Really?(10 posts)

Do you like your job? Really?94Nole
Jun 20, 2003 11:56 AM
I am a CPA. Been practicing since '94. Stayed with "Big 6" (at the time) for about 4 years, didn't want that lifestyle (70-80hrs/wk). Left for a somewhat similar position with a bank but much fewer hours and 40% higher salary (now, that was nice).

Lasted in that position for about 2½ years (only due to the money) but they decided to relocate our office to another city within the state. They offered me a position there if I would move but and my wife and I didn't want to move.

Now I work as a controller for a small (150 employees) engineering firm and I really have come to the conclusion that I really don't like the work.

What the heck does a 40-something CPA do that hates accounting (okay, maybe extremely dislike would be a better word)?

I think I need a psychiatrist.
yes and nomohair_chair
Jun 20, 2003 12:20 PM
Basically I like what I do and the money I earn doing it, but I am not thrilled with the work I do right now. It's not interesting at all, I'm not doing what I'm best at and I feel that I'm losing skills. It used to be that I could quit, walk across the street and do something else, but those days are over. I'm lucky to have this job and the salary it pays, and it's not like it's hell working here, so there you go.

As for you, maybe it's public accounting you hate. You should open your own shop, or join a small firm that does personal or small business accounting. At your age, with a wife and possibly children, changing careers is a risky idea. If it were just you, it would be a lot easier, but now you have obligations. Get yourself a grey flannel suit and suck it up for another 20 years.

Now that I think about it, if you are 40-something and you've only done this since 1994, you must have already done a career switch. Now you sound restless. What are you running away from? You might need that psychiatrist after all.... :)
yes and no94Nole
Jun 22, 2003 2:18 PM
Well, I joined the USAF at 25 to get away from shift-work and a life of punching a clock at a small paper mill. Did that for 6½ years. Add that to the 4 years AF and 4+ years of school (bs in accounting and finance with a masters in accounting) and I was beginning my accounting "career" at 34 years old. 9 years later........
Yes & no for me as well.jesse1
Jun 21, 2003 4:18 AM
I do chimney cleaning - my own one person company. The actual work isn't too bad once you get past the obvious drawbacks - dirt & the danger of heights & liability. The saving grace for me is that every job/customer is a bit different, and out of 2800 some customers over 12 yrs, I'd have a hard time remembering 10 that I just didn't like.
Before this, I worked in an office, and liked the work, but I had no human contact. I just sat & looked at structural drawings all day & crunched numbers.
At that time I had the best boss I'd ever had, and he knew enough to preach that even the people working for him that were doing good work, were in the wrong job.That was my problem.
You could be in that same boat, but not necessarily get out of accounting altogether, maybe start your own business doing the same thing.
With me, I was still working the "main" job and started my company working an hour or two after getting off work, and 5 or 6 hrs on Saturdays. Within two yrs, I quit to do my business full time.
Since nobody wants to pay a slow race driver big bucks...cory
Jun 22, 2003 4:41 PM
...being a writer is second best. Newspapers are probably rock bottom in that field, but I have a pretty good gig at decent money (decent for the area and the industry--they don't spoil the help in journalism), and I freelance for magazines to take up the slack.
Not every day is fun, but I can't remember the last time I couldn't bear the thought of going to work, and I'm not particularly eager to retire, though I'm within a few years of being able to do it. Most days are interesting, and there's a lot of satisfaction in writing something that's concise, accurate and makes people laugh or cry. And you get to work with a lot of smart, well-informed people with a range of interests, which is always nice.
Not to rub it in, I'm math-challenged, and next to marketing, being a CPA is about the worst job I can imagine. But you probably couldn't live on my salary, so it's a trade-off.
any adviceishmael
Jun 22, 2003 5:30 PM
Or good motivational words. What do I need to do to get into the field. I imagine you'll tell me to get off my ass and start: Take the initiative, seize the day. Ok, anything else? What magazines do you write for? What else do you write? It sounds like a dream job to me, and less money than the average American is fine for me.

Also- what's your feeling on colons, simicolons, and dashes? Do you ever use punctuation in an unorthodox manner in your writting?
You can e-mail me for advice, FWIW. As for commas....cory
Jun 23, 2003 8:33 AM
I'll be glad to tell you as much as I can if you want to e-mail me at home, Might take a day or two.
As for punctuation...I know what you mean, and I sometimes do fool around with it for effect. Have to be careful to avoid confusing readers, though--many of them are on the edge of their envelope even with newspaper stuff, and if you throw them something they have to decipher at 7 in the morning, they'll just quit reading.
Jun 22, 2003 5:34 PM
It's a lot more exciting than doing a crap job. Maybe start by seeing if you can do a 3 or 4 day work week so you can think/look for something else. Being 40-something isn't really a risk. Your likely in good health(I know youre into bikes). And you have a wife, she could keep you afloat for a bit till you get it together.
not as easy as it soundsColnagoFE
Jun 23, 2003 8:20 AM
If you have obligations (house, kids, wife) it isn't always the most prudent thing to just up and quit in this crappy economy. I am not crazy about my work, but it pays the bills and I usually don't have to work overtime and get a decent amount of paid vacation each year. I suppose if I could ever decide on some vocation that paid anywhere decent and really turned me on I might take the risk, but why jump ship with no plan? I did it once and it is scary as hell. This was when I only had one kid to support. Things worked out OK, but I was out of work for over 6 months...and that was when the economy was better than it is now.
hard decisionsJS Haiku Shop
Jun 23, 2003 9:01 AM
I liked computers and technology and relentlessly pursued it. started in the mailroom of a big insurance broker (worldwide #2 at the time) and worked my way up. they put me through school for a technical degree (AAS). at the height of my 3 years of nights & weekends at technical school and working full time+ in technical support, i was going to work at 8 AM to fix high-level technical issues for 9 hours, going straight to school for 3-4 hours after, and then going home to play on the computers for 3-4 hours, before going to sleep, only to wake up and do it all over again. i now have a room full of computers at home, none of which have been plugged-in for at least 18 months.

of course this is a bit over the verge, but from this i hope you take away: don't seek to do for a living what you love as play, for it may become tedium.

now i work with client/server stuff in an administrative and r&d role. 5 years out of desktop PCs in support & admin, and family & friends are still hitting me up with MS Word problems and "what's the best computer to buy?" i haven't shopped for a computer in 10 years. couldn't even tell you what's on the shelf right now. is it still pentium? guess people hear me answer when they ask what i do and all they understand is "com-pu-ter".


IMHO a job is what i do between my sleep phase and my actual life. as long as i don't get up in the AM and despise going to work to the point of physical illness, it's all good. other posters have pointed out the bad job market and economy; right now is a time to be happy with what you have and thankful for "good" employment.