I love my job! It would not surprise me if you don’t. How can I love my job, my employer, my boss, my associates when they take up more time than what I get to spend with my wife and children? I will give you five reasons.
- Public accounting takes a toll on its practitioners. The average attrition rate in the industry is between 20 and 30 percent per year. A few things contribute to that turnover but there are two primary reasons. First, the hours required can make it difficult to have many other, if any, priorities. The second reason is the travel, which is closely related to the time commitment. Many younger accountants decide to leave the field after they get married and start having children. Some of my closest friends have made these decisions and it has worked well for them. While the travel and time commitments can sometimes be daunting, I love what I do. The hours I work permit me to engage my brain in ways not possible outside my office’s four walls.
- My travels provide me opportunities to visit cities I would not have otherwise visited. While most of my clients are centralized in my local area, conferences and training sessions are sometimes held in distant locations.Someday, I plan on utilizing these trips as beginning points for some vacations with my wife.
- My career permitted my family to enjoy having a stay-at-home mom. Shortly before my wife and I were married, she “retired” from her career as a banker. Although we sacrificed financially, because at the time she was making about the same salary as me, it was completely worth the sacrifice. For almost seven years, she had been a single mom working and going to school full-time. This was a blessing for us at the beginning of our lives together.
- Management cares for its people. A few years into the job, we experienced a health scare within my family which made it so I needed to be out of the office for extended periods of time. My bosses (and I made this plural because each partner in the office said the same thing) told me to concentrate on my family and they would make sure my work was handled appropriately. There have been other times I’ve been the boss that has said this same thing to my team members. Also, my boss tells me frequently to go spend time with my family and not work on a Saturday.
- Accounting was my first choice as a profession. Teaching (and coaching) was my second choice. I chose the money over the summer vacations. In reality though, I teach every day. A continually changing environment not only requires me to be a life long learner, it also provides the opportunities to teach prospects, clients and staff. And, when one teaches, that person learns all the more!
The five items above are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. There are many other reasons why I love my job and I will likely write about them in the future. Hopefully, you love your job for many reasons too. If you do not love your job, I will also address in the future some ways you can change your perspective. In the meantime, please add a comment below or send me a tweet as to why you love your job!