What do you think?

Nov 16, 2017
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Hi there,

I'm looking to get some advice from some people working in this industry.

A little background info, I did an accounting technician course which led me to get the job that I'm in now. I work in a practice and my employer pays for my tuition to become chartered. My employer only hires students which in the beginning I thought was weird because I couldn't understand how someone who is only learning could produce acceptable work. The job was advertised as no experience required so going into it I suppose I imagined I'd be working alongside a qualified accountant doing certain aspects of jobs with supervision and support. I came into difficulties as I was just landed with jobs with little to zero guidance and expected to complete them to the same standard as my boss would. The whole experience was very much like a blind man with a stick, a lot of it was guess work, trying to meet deadlines, no method so to speak of, it was all very overwhelming, which in turn resulted in substandard work. Any help I sought from my boss was met with impatience, backhanded comments, rolling of the eyes and disrespect. Any time an issue arose it was a case of why is this only discovered now, why was this not resolved earlier, why am I not learning, why am I focusing on the wrong stuff, etc. etc. Just very counterproductive and intimidating questions that I didn't really have an answer for. I regret not leaving and seeking out a more suitable mentor (or maybe it's the same everywhere, I don't know). Being the sole qualified accountant in the office and having to run the business he had minimal time for me and I felt like I wasn't being trained properly.

Anyway, fast forward a couple of years, I'm confident in my work and actually feel like I know what I'm doing for the most part but I am still a student and I still don't know everything. I still have a couple of years to go until I qualify and a lot more experience to gain. The issue with my employer, although not as painful as in the beginning, still persists. There was talk of implementing some procedures to help me improve my work ethic but they never came to fruition.

I suppose what I'm trying to get out of this post is, has anyone else had such a difficult experience when they started training?
My biggest problem really is just his attitude towards me, I hate saying it but I feel like he's a bully. I actually do so much work and make the company so much money and yet he'll still manage to only pick out my shortfalls and try to humiliate me in front of my colleagues instead of offering me support and trying to help, I mean after all we're supposed to be on the same team so I just don't get it!

So, in conclusion, I really want to leave this office. It's really starting to take a toll on my wellbeing, I've just recently been diagnosed with a medical condition which if it doesn't get better could turn into cancer and the stress he causes me doesn't help it at all. Should I suck it up for another couple of years as he pays for my college and get my qualification? Or should I look for another firm? I am in a contract at the moment which could make things a little more difficult but I have seen other people transfer contracts. I do want to continue in this field as I am passing my exams and I like the work, but I just think I'm in the wrong place and at this stage I harbour so much resentment for my work of place.

Apologies for the long post. I'd appreciate some advice from someone who isn't my family or friends who don't have any correlation with this kind of work.

Many thanks


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Aug 2, 2017
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In regards to your title "what do you (I) think?", I do my best not to. When I do it often leads to trouble.

All kidding aside, accounting is often about working by yourself with little or no supervision.

When I entered the industry, I already had a masters degree and had passed the certification exams. I had no experience but I thought I knew my stuff. So did my first employer. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Almost every employer including my first fully expected me to be able to do the research on my own. The first employer was fond of saying "we have a library for a reason." This was before internet and computer days.

My last employer was a bit rude. One day he handed me a book on the tax code. He did not explain why he wanted me to use it. He simply said use it. I never did find out what I was doing wrong that I should have looked up.

If you are not up for working with little or no supervision, it is not an employer issue; rather it is a vocational issue.



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May 12, 2011
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Here's a few lines from your own words:

I was landed with jobs with little to zero guidance
it was all very overwhelming
Help I sought from my boss was met with impatience, backhanded comments, rolling of the eyes and disrespect
I regret not leaving
The issue with my employer still persists
I feel like he's a bully
he'll manage to only pick out my shortfalls and try to humiliate me
I really want to leave this office
I harbour so much resentment for my work of place

Simple. You clearly already know the answer:

Get out of there. Now. At least start looking for another job.


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