Would quitg and starting a new career be right?


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ErtMan

Summary of facts:
-Recently graduated from college with a diploma in Bus. Admin - Acc
-Accounting was never really a career I wanted to pursue, just a good
idea at the time.
-Have had brief experience doing some accounting duties, hated it.
-got a position in a local accounting firm
-Great people, seems to be a good environment, decent pay and benefits.
-bookkeeper

This job is awesome, everything I ever wanted in starting my career
but..... with all that said within the first 2 of weeks I find myself,
not wanting to stay working in the place, with the urge to quit.

Its not that I don't like to work, work hard, I would just like to do
something that I'd rather enjoy, atleast some what. Heck, I even
enjoyed working at McD's more than this. I am a semi-creative person
and I find it too difficult to perform this job.

This is not a case of the "new job jitters", those feeling have mostly
passed, but rather I feel trapped working here when I still need to
find out what I want to do.

Already dreading the upcomming tax season, where I will have to work
ultra long hours, maybe I am alittle burned out from constantly
working to put myself through college etc.

If someone could offer some practical advice it would be greatly
appreciated.

Thanks
 
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Peter Saxton

Summary of facts:
-Recently graduated from college with a diploma in Bus. Admin - Acc
-Accounting was never really a career I wanted to pursue, just a good
idea at the time.
-Have had brief experience doing some accounting duties, hated it.
-got a position in a local accounting firm
-Great people, seems to be a good environment, decent pay and benefits.
-bookkeeper

This job is awesome, everything I ever wanted in starting my career
but..... with all that said within the first 2 of weeks I find myself,
not wanting to stay working in the place, with the urge to quit.

Its not that I don't like to work, work hard, I would just like to do
something that I'd rather enjoy, atleast some what. Heck, I even
enjoyed working at McD's more than this. I am a semi-creative person
and I find it too difficult to perform this job.

This is not a case of the "new job jitters", those feeling have mostly
passed, but rather I feel trapped working here when I still need to
find out what I want to do.

Already dreading the upcomming tax season, where I will have to work
ultra long hours, maybe I am alittle burned out from constantly
working to put myself through college etc.

If someone could offer some practical advice it would be greatly
appreciated.

Thanks
You don't mention what you would like to do. Don't you think that is a
bit odd?
 
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ErtMan

I do, seems as I do not know what it is that I want to do, my query is
more of the form is it right/fair (employer and myself) to continue
working at a job I have no real intention of maintaining long term? and
whether I would be best served "sticking it out", or leaving to
discover/pursue my interests in the short term based on
stress/health/efficiencies?

Possibly should have posted thin in another group. sorry for the
incovienience.




and if the name changes, it just a google thing.
 
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Paul Thomas, CPA

ErtMan said:
I do, seems as I do not know what it is that I want to do, my query is
more of the form is it right/fair (employer and myself) to continue
working at a job I have no real intention of maintaining long term? and
whether I would be best served "sticking it out", or leaving to
discover/pursue my interests in the short term based on
stress/health/efficiencies?


If you want to move on to what you see as greener pastures, then by all
means, go now. This would give the employer time to hire and train someone
before tax season kicks in.

The best job you'll ever have is the one you are happy at.
 
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Peter Saxton

I do, seems as I do not know what it is that I want to do, my query is
more of the form is it right/fair (employer and myself) to continue
working at a job I have no real intention of maintaining long term? and
whether I would be best served "sticking it out", or leaving to
discover/pursue my interests in the short term based on
stress/health/efficiencies?

Possibly should have posted thin in another group. sorry for the
incovienience.




and if the name changes, it just a google thing.
If you are 100% certain then you should move. Maybe it's a shock to
the system though. I'd guess you are meant to do something else but
it's your decision. If you are certain it's not for you it's best to
leave.
 
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TKnTexas

My background is in the hospitality industry (hotels, restaurants,
country clubs). I have seen a lot of accounting grads who found that
while they were good at accounting, they were not accounting-types.
Sometimes they needed more people interaction than what accounting
might provide.

Whatever, I agree that you have to enjoy what you are doing. You are
doing yourself and your employer a disservice. I know that operation
people in hospitality who know accounting and understand the financials
as we are trained to do, are hugely successful. I am in hospitality
accounting because I need the people service aspects to the job.

As the controller at a country club, I have been TOLD by the members,
"sit and pick up this hand of bridge, Thelma is slow getting back from
the ladies room". So I sat and played a hand of bridge. You don't get
that in Oil & Gas.

TK
 
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me

TKnTexas said:
As the controller at a country club, I have been TOLD by the members,
"sit and pick up this hand of bridge, Thelma is slow getting back from
the ladies room". So I sat and played a hand of bridge. You don't get
that in Oil & Gas.
So how do you like hospitality?

I take you manage a hotel or something?
 
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TKnTexas

There is a lot I like about hospitality. These days I prefer working
in a corporate environment though. Since hotels are 24/7 , quality of
life can be haphazard. All managers have to pulled "manager on duty"
shifts, usually from Friday 6pm to Sunday 6pm. You are on call.

Controllers are one of four key executives, ie. GM, Director of Sales,
F&B Director and Controller, considered to be executive committee. A
lot of hotels have cut back staffing for accounting so you perform in a
clerical position in addition to other duties you have. In most hotels
and country clubs you are the IT person as well.

Once everything is running well and if you have enough staffing it can
be fun. Hotel controllers get major discounts in other properties of
the chain. Friend of mine stayed in a Crowne Plaza in downtown NYC for
$25 a night. I went to a convention in San Antonio. Instead of
staying at the host hotel for $200 a night I stayed at a hotel part of
the same franchise group I handled the accounting for, $32 a night,
across the street.

I enjoyed working at a country club the most, because of the
membership.

TK
 
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TKnTexas

Normalcy (if that exists). It was legal to drink when I was 18yo.
However, because I worked at the property level of hotel accounting I
was not able to be off for a new year's eve party until I was 31yo.
Many hotels will do special events that night, there are end of month
adjustments that have to be processed and if there is a mistake it has
to be accrued. Any accounting for revenue and receivables in a hotel
must go through the systems on the front desk.

At a corporate office, with the exception of end of month/year close
times, you can pretty well figure to have normal hours, 8-5, 9-6, hour
for lunch. People can work out at lunch. After end of month close if
the group wants a little bit longer lunch..no big deal. Can't do any
of that at the property.

At a corporate office, dress is more casual, even if it is only
business casual. In hotels and most country clubs you do not go out in
to the public area without your suit coat and tie. At corporate if you
want to eat at your desk, it probably is ok. But you can never do that
in a hotel, guests may come through at any time.

TK
 
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me

TKnTexas said:
At a corporate office, with the exception of end of month/year close
times, you can pretty well figure to have normal hours, 8-5, 9-6, hour
for lunch.
I see

Thanks foe the info!
 

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