Dead end job

USA Discussion in 'Career and Jobs' started by Kerea, May 16, 2018.

  1. Kerea


    May 16, 2018
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    Hey all. I have been a staff accountant for 7 years at my current job. I started out as an accounting assistant and worked my way up. I pursued my undergraduate degree while working for my current employer and just recently graduated with a master's in accounting. I am currently studying for the CPA. My dilemma is that I have been stuck with a clerk job such as, AR/AP, and general ledger work. I am so bored at work it drives me crazy because it's routine and not challenging. I had approached my boss to provide me something challenging and to give me some experience in preparing the financial statement. Unfortunately my boss will not let me work on it because another accountant is in charge of the financials. I feel really stupid because I feel as if I don't have the experience. To add to that, I don't have any say in regards to take charge of the accounts i have responsibly for, AND my coworker always question why I code certain stuff into certain accounts. It's really frustrating when they change the work I put effort into.
    So I have been activley seeking new opportunities for over 3 years, had some interviews but nothing. It doesn't help that I don't have the experience in other roles of accounting. I am starting wonder if I am dumb or just not cut out for this. It's just a dead end position for me with no advance position.
    Kerea, May 16, 2018
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  2. Kerea

    Steve-LevelUp VIP Member

    Jul 18, 2016
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    Please do not take this the wrong way, but at times, it can depend on how you carry yourself. Interviewing well is essentially a chance for them to get to know you, and if you don't come with the right energy, the right responses, and the able to convince them that you are the right fit, then you won't get the job.

    Two things.

    1. If they're interviewing you, then they believe you are qualified, but the interview you fell flat.
    2. If you fell flat, then either you lack the confidence or someone come across as not sufficient for the role.

    There are a number of things that you can do in order to get ahead.

    1. Get practice interviewing. Ask a good friend to give you an interview (someone you trust) and have them ask you difficult questions. Get practice answering them and giving clean responses. You want to be clear, articulate, and confident. You want to demonstrate that you can clearly structure a response.

    2. Learning at your current employer can be difficult, so try to pro-actively learn. Much of accounting is about processes. Look at the processes that you currently follow and see if you can find a weakness in them. Draft a solution and vet it (will the solution work) then present it. It may be rejected, but the exercise of assessing the process objectively is a valuable one and will build skills that are useful for a more advanced career.

    Starting with the above, (plus google search additional tactics related to the above) you should be able to get yourself ready. Once you get your CPA, then join a firm (a top firm if possible) However, be prepared to work 12-15 hour days, as a junior CPA in a large firm is a LOT of work.

    I hope that helps.
    Steve-LevelUp, Jun 1, 2018
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  3. Kerea


    Jun 3, 2018
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    Your best option is to go into public accounting for a few years as an auditor. You will likely start as staff and work your way up to manager. Find a regional or national firm. This will jumpstart your career.
    MikeDallas, Jun 3, 2018
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