In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States, a post about being thankful is pretty much mandatory. You’ll see articles all over the internet this week about being thankful. You’ve probably already seen daily Facebook posts (for each day in November) about what people are thankful for.
Even with the inundation of thankfulness posts, you will likely not see many references to being thankful for a career or a job. Given the recent Great Recession and the associated job losses that occurred, we should all be thankful for the jobs we have. Maybe we are thankful to have a job but not for the job itself. We’re always looking for something better.
As you can see from my ongoing series of posts explaining the reasons why I love my job, I am truly thankful for my job. That series of posts will explain 12 reasons why I love public accounting. This post is different. The items below are not necessarily why I love public accounting but, instead, what I’m thankful for in relation to my career.
The Cocoon – I’m thankful for my first two years of my career. I graduated college as a caterpillar with great potential. My first two years of working were my “cocoon” years. During those years, while I wasn’t just sitting still, I was changing drastically. I came out of those two years as a changed being. I was then able to spread my new wings and fly. I’m thankful for my job and how it has helped me develop.
The Boss – After only six months of working in public accounting, I knew I wanted to work full-time in the banking industry. One of the primary reasons was the person in charge of that practice. He took me under his tutelage and taught me so much. He didn’t teach me everything he knew. Instead, he encouraged and challenged me to learn on my own.
My boss today is the same person as 13 years ago. Our relationship has changed, as it should. I’m not just a young kid wanting to succeed. I’m not fully reliant on him any longer. Now, he is available when I need him but he lets me do my own thing. I’m thankful for his hands-off approach because it allowed me to grow more than I would have otherwise.I’m so thankful for my job and having a leader (instead of a manager) as a boss.
The Friends – I’ve made great friends during my years in public accounting. Some of those friends were/are co-workers. Others are clients. Due to my work and family schedules being so full, I don’t get to see these friends as often as I’d like. However, with each one, when we talk it’s as if we’ve never been apart. That’s a sign of true friendship. I’m thankful for my job and the friends I’ve made.
The Freedom – After so many years in public accounting, no one tells me what to do or where to go. I’ve got a lot of freedom as to how I work my career. There are specific training sessions or client meetings I need to attend at set times but, otherwise, I can accomplish my goals according to my own timeline.
If I want to leave the office early to attend a family event, I do it. If I need to work during my daughter’s volleyball tournament, it’s my decision to do so. No one is telling me to. The flexibility I’m given by my superiors is a tremendous benefit not many people get to experience. I’m so thankful for my job and the freedom I have in it!
These are four reasons why I’m thankful for my job and the career in which I work. You’re thankful for some things and not for others. Are you thankful for your job and your career or do you just complain about it? If you stop complaining, and be thankful, you’ll be amazed at how much more you enjoy your job.
Happy Thanksgiving! Let’s actually give thanks.