I did it. I made the scary and uncomfortable decision to quit my job. I graduated from college with an accounting degree and have been working in the field ever since. And it’s been a really good career choice for me. Everyone needs accountants so the market is always good (and the pay isn’t bad either). But when I thought about working for another 15-20 years, I just couldn’t picture myself being as happy as I’d like to be.
I think it’s rare for someone to know their passion in college when selecting a major. I picked mine because I was in the business school, took an accounting class and found it to be pretty easy. I’ve always been interested in math and have a strange fascination with numbers. My aunt was an accountant, which was a plus (pun intended) since I knew someone in the industry. But I want a career that I’m passionate about. One I wake up wanting to go to each day (okay, at least most days). I blame this on my dad. He enjoyed a long career in a field he loved. Even in retirement, he volunteers his time because he’s truly passionate about the outdoors. (Dad, I don’t blame you, I admire you!)
I don’t know what will come next for me. I’m planning to take the summer off as a sabbatical of sorts and then will spend some time thinking about what I want to do next. Maybe finance, human resources or opening a nail salon. The options are endless! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t scared and anxious about the future, but I’m also excited and invigorated. I am grateful too. Grateful to be in a position that I can make this decision. And for a hugely supportive boyfriend that wants me to be happy and do whatever it takes to figure it out. If the worst thing that happens is I decide I really did like accounting and go back to it, that’s really not so bad, right?!