Accounting was the major that kind of fell into my lap. My parents weren’t supportive of my other choices of major, so I agreed to study Accounting. My older cousin had just graduated with her Accounting degree, so I had her footsteps to follow. Once I graduated she advised me to look into Tax jobs instead of Audit. Unfortunately, Audit had way more openings than Tax. How bad could it be, right?
Busy season is no joke.
We would be at work from 9am until… past midnight Monday through Friday. Saturdays and Sundays were mandatory “half” days (lucky us!). My parents raised me to work hard, but 90 hour work weeks had me crying. Yes, I’m a sissy like that.
My work made me cry.
I’ve never been a crier, so when I cried in the bathroom at work one night, I knew I had to make some changes.
I was never home.
My home office was in South Florida, but my main client was in Houston. That meant countless hours in an airport, on an airplane, and in a hotel. Basically, weeks upon weeks away from home.
Two words: office politics.
I know this one rings true for many different industries, not just audit. Nevertheless, it’s never fun.
I was moody. A big B.
And that’s putting it lightly. Honestly, I wouldn’t have wanted to hang around myself. Big kisses to the friends and family who still loved me when I was the least lovable.
I got into a car accident
on my way home from the airport one night. I had been in Houston for three weeks and couldn’t wait to get home for Thanksgiving. Work must’ve worn me out and I had no idea how burnt out I was. Thankfully, no one was hurt. But sporting a black eye to Thanksgiving dinner was definitely a wake-up call.
Don’t get me wrong. I learned so much during my time at these firms. A lot of what I learned can be applied to any career and, most importantly, life. While I value the experience, I didn’t feel that I was living a fulfilling life. I was busy all the time, but felt very empty inside. Life is about finding your purpose and I knew audit wasn’t mine.
Do you love what you do?