Endless hours counting money, over and over again. Is this all there is to life? A good paying job but boring as hell?
Of course not.
You chose accounting because it pays well and you wanted stability in an ever-changing and unpredictable world.
Well, now you’re left doing the exact same thing everyday, and even though it pays so well, you absolutely hate it.
Should you continue doing something you hate for the rest of your life even when it makes you unhappy?
No way, and I’m going to tell you why in this article.
Table of Contents
- 1 Why Do People Hate Accounting So Much?
- 2 Accounting Pros and Cons
- 3 You Are Not Alone
- 4 Don’t Chase The Money
- 5 Consider a Different Type of Accounting
- 6 Most Accountants Don’t Know What They Want To Do
- 7 There’s Nothing Stopping You (You have a safety net!)
- 8 Second Careers for Accountants
- 9 Taking The Leap of Faith
Why Do People Hate Accounting So Much?
I scoured the internet to find the reasons the accounting career got hated on so much, and this is what I found:
The fact that it’s stressful, it’s repetitive, incredibly boring, has long hours, etc.
12 hours a day in a cubicle, doing the same repetitive thing day in, day out, is mentally draining.
There’s just no challenge. You’re literally doing the same thing for long periods of time.
Another reason is that people go into accounting with the wrong information, or different expectations.
What do I mean?
They think it is a general career that anyone can do and get a nice income.
But then they actually start doing the job and realize what it consists of, they start hating on it.
It wasn’t as good as they thought it was going to be.
Accounting Pros and Cons
No job is perfect.
All careers have their good and their bad, but the thing you have to look for is: do the pros outweigh the cons?
A good career is one that you’re passionate about, one that makes you happy, one you love getting up to every morning.
And although there are some cons, the pros outweigh them.
Well that’s not what I found with accounting.
Here’s what I come up with (btw you may add your own pros and cons):
- High-paying job
- Stable income
- Stable career
- A safety net
- Long hours
- Repetitive work
- Incredibly boring
- Bad for your health
As you can see, these are the pros and con that I came up with.
The cons surpass the pros which is not what we want in a career. We want less cons and lots of pros.
You Are Not Alone
Just look everywhere on the internet about accounting, people all over the globe hate their job.
Sure, it pays extremely well and it’s a stable career, but working 12 hours a day doesn’t really make up for it.
In my opinion, when it comes to accounting, you either have it or you don’t.
There is no in between.
And if you are the fidgety and restless type, this can make your days even worse and amplify your hate for accounting even more.
You can try telling yourself that you are doing the right thing for 40 years but at the end of the day, your happiness will fall.
Don’t Chase The Money
In a world where money buys things that makes us happy, it can gives us a false sense of succession.
Is success really having the best house, the newest car, overseas trips and the latest gadgets?
In my opinion, the successful one is happy every single day and loves waking up to do something they love.
Even though the money is nice and can buy us nice things, working 50 hours a week doing something you dread can impact your life in ways you can’t even imagine.
Don’t do it for the money, don’t do it to afford everything, because at the end of the day you’re going to be unhappy even with everything you ever wanted!
Consider a Different Type of Accounting
There are a huge variety of accounting jobs. You can try something else you enjoy more.
You might hate financial accounting but love taxation or forensic accounting.
Different fields of accounting have emerged throughout the years and it’s only going to get better as a result of industrial and technological developments.
So try a different field, you might find it more rewarding. A lot of them are very different to each other.
Hell, at least you can still have the high-paying job and you might be a happier person.
The least you can do is try.
Most Accountants Don’t Know What They Want To Do
Most accountants who hate their job don’t know what else they want to do.
They have been in the job since they graduated high school so they only know the typical 9-5 rat race, sitting in a cubical all day, counting for up to 12 hours a day.
They know they hate their job but don’t know what what other careers they want to get into.
And to be quite frank, it can drive you insane.
What if you’re 40 years old? Is it too late to change careers? Will you even be accepted for an apprenticeship?
These are all common questions accountants just like you ask themselves everyday
There’s Nothing Stopping You (You have a safety net!)
Sometimes you just have to take the leap of faith
You don’t know what you want to do but you also know that you are extremely unhappy in a job you hate.
And it’s okay if you don’t know what career path to take, because at the end of the day your accounting degree is a safety net.
It’s not like you can’t go back to accounting again. You have something to fall back on and that’s why you should feel you have freedom.
You literally have the freedom to try any job you want, and even if you don’t like it you can go back to accounting.
Who cares if you don’t like the new job, at least you tried and didn’t fail.
Failing is when you don’t do something because you’re scared to do it. You fail when you give up.
Second Careers for Accountants
You have learnt lots of skills in your accounting career, much of those that can be transferred into other careers or areas of expertise.
1. Business Analysis
You are constantly researching and working with numbers and data.
Well a business analysis identifies company problems and comes up with solutions by making improvements.
They help businesses get more revenue by combining all the data and finding ways to increase profits.
You actually have the upper hand, as you have worked with lots of entrepreneurs throughout your accounting career and have seen the problems they face.
You can apply all of this to your own business and avoid all the pitfalls and mistakes the companies made.
Plus accountants hold traits that entrepreneurs have – great focus, dedication to finish a job, the need for constant improvement, etc.
3. Forensic Accounting
Okay, so it’s still accounting but forensic accounting is different and might be more your cup of tea.
Since public or private accounting doesn’t offer much challenges, forensic accounting might be the “spark” you’re after.
Forensic means “for use in court”.
You’ll be doing a lot of investigating. This can be through breach of contracts, quantifying economic damages, company disagreements, business evaluation, etc.
It is the cloak and dagger side of the accounting world.
4. Accountant Auditing
Account auditing is similar to a business analysis, however, you’ll only be focusing on financial transactions, which is what you’re best at 🙂
You’ll be involved in tracking, reporting and analyzing.
It is also just another variety of accounting so you can still do accounting but in a different field.
5. Technology, data and analytics
A technology data and analytics expert is the person that “predicts” analytics technology by analyzing past data.
This allows for better decision making and cost reduction, so companies can create products and services to warrant the needs of the people.
Taking The Leap of Faith
Even if you don’t know what career path to take, just do something you think you will enjoy.
What did you want to be growing up? Maybe that’s the new career path you should take.
Or what is your passion, something you love to do in your free time or on weekends?
Turning your passion into career could change your entire life.
Like I said, don’t chase the money, chase what makes you happy.
Even if the new job pays less, cut down expenses to compensate or make extra money on the side with all the spare hours you’ve got during the day!
Getting uncomfortable and doing something you aren’t familiar with is the best thing you could do when you’re unhappy in a job you hate.
It can give you a new direction and purpose, and I’m all about doing new things and getting out of my comfort zone.
Be honest, as an accountant do you hate your job? Share with us in the comments below!
Brandon is from New Zealand and does affiliate marketing full-time. This is his job and loves every second of it. He hated the typical 9-5 and found a way out of the rat race. The reason he created this website was to help and inspire others who also want a way out.