Last week, I published the number one reason why I love my job in public accounting. There was a series of 10 posts with 11 reasons why public accounting is a great career. Over 10 posts, someone was bound to think, “There is no way this guy only has good things to say about his job. He can’t love it that much.”
If you had that thought as you read that series of posts, you were right. There are some negative aspects to public accounting.
Poison, in 1988 released the smash hit single, Every Rose Has Its Thorn. Public accounting is like a rose. It is a wonderfully beautiful career but it has a negative side. As with any rose, as long as you are careful when you pick it up, you can enjoy the sweet aroma and beauty of the flow.
I’m not comparing myself to an 80’s hairspray band by any means but here is my “every rose has its thorn” confession:
I love what I do but not everything I have to do.
There you have it. That is as honest as I can be about public accounting. The major pieces of my career are thoroughly enjoyable and bring me a lot of satisfaction. Of course, you can see all 11 reasons why I love public accounting here.
What would I be happier with if I didn’t have to do them? Let’s take a look. These are in no particular order.
1. Tracking time in quarter-hour increments
2. Working so much
3. Corporate politics
4. Always thinking about work
5. High stress levels
6. Inconsistent schedule
7. Long commutes
8. Time away from family
9. Lack of communication
10. Wearing suits and ties in the humid summer
11. Administrative tasks
Just like the list of reasons why I love public accounting, I could come up with more aspects of public accounting I dislike. There had to be a limit so I cut it off at 11 to match why I enjoy public accounting.
Look at this list of 11 items. If you didn’t know this list had to do with public accounting, would you be able to guess what industry in which I worked? No, you wouldn’t. The first item is somewhat of a give-away but other industries track the billable hour as well.
Except for number 1 in the list above, you could apply each of these unfavorable aspects to just about any job. It can be retail, sales or an office job. It doesn’t really matter.
The key is to not focus on what you dislike about your job. Instead, place your heart and soul into what you do enjoy about your job. If you can do that, you can lead a happy life.
So instead of dwelling on what you don’t like about your job, will you please tell me your favorite part of your current job? There has to be at least one thing you enjoy. Leave this in the comments below.