Why I Made A Career Change

With my recent move back to Chicago has also come a change in my career.  I am going from being an Accountant to an Internet Marketing Consultant.

For the past 2 years, I have known that I want to get out of the accounting field, or at least out of the tax accounting field.  But I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do.  I explored EVERYTHING.  Thanks, Google.

Having no real answers, I decided to take a generalist accounting role at a company I knew I’d be wayyyy more interested in than the one I was at.  I figured besides getting out of strictly tax accounting, I could at least work for a brand I’m passionate about.

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Despite how much I loved that and how much I learned by working at a small business, I eventually came to realize that it’s still accounting I don’t want to do.  I just don’t enjoy doing it and can’t imagine being an accountant for the rest of my life.

When I came across the opportunity for my current role, I was not particularly looking for a new job.  I enjoyed my job enough and I love Cincinnati, so I had no real reason to be looking to leave at the time.  But the opportunity was too good to pass up.  I had to pass an assessment exam first, then go through a few rounds of interviews.

I’m only 3 days in to the new job right now, but I can tell already that this was a good move.  What I did like about being an accountant was how quantitatively based it was and using Excel on the reg.  (I love Excel.)  You wouldn’t think a marketing role would be nearly as quantitative, but the role I’m in is extremely analytical with major financial implications and budgeting involved.  Just because I majored in Accounting, doesn’t mean I need to go work for a CPA firm.  I can be whatever I want!  I have other skills besides knowing the Internal Revenue Code and debits and credits and how to calculate state apportionment.

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And, I have enjoyed writing this blog for 2 years now, which introduced me to the world of Internet marketing.  But just because I know how to come on here, write a few words, and tweet it out definitely does not make me an expert – I have lots and lots to learn.  (My focus area will be on pay-per-click advertising, which I had no idea what it even was until I applied for this job a few weeks ago so yeah, lots to learn.)  But luckily, I am a quick learner.  #skillsonmyresume

Obviously there is a lot more than the actual work you do on a daily basis that goes into why or why not you will like a certain job:

  • logistical considerations like commute, hours, workspace
  • financial considerations like pay, benefits, other perks
  • cultural factors like the people you work with (especially those you work with heavily), the overall vibe of the office, what you can or can’t wear

It’s not easy to find a job that is going to perfectly match everything you want.  The job I had where I was paid the most was my least favorite.  I dreaded going to work every single day.  I never once felt that way at my previous job where I was getting paid the least, but enjoyed everyone I worked with and could wear workout clothes every day to the office.

Sometimes it sucks to think about how I could be so much higher up the career ladder if I stayed in tax accounting and making so much more $$.  Why could all my accounting friends manage to stick it out, but I couldn’t?  Accounting majors are supposed to be accountants!  We were brainwashed in college to need to work for a Big 4 firm and keep on climbing up the ranks.

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But then when I was at my 5-year college reunion a few weeks ago, there was a lot of jealousy among my  fellow accounting friends when I told them I was taking a whole new career path ;)

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4 Thoughts on “Why I Made A Career Change

  1. You are amazing and I am so impressed with your career change!! It is so hard to figure out what career path will make you happiest. I’m glad you found one that combines your interests! (also, excel really is the best) And as for being bummed to switch careers and start back at the bottom of the ladder; be thankful that you figured it out NOW! Imagine how stressed you’d be in 10 or 15 years if you realized you wanted to switch career paths… at least you’re doing it now! :)

  2. Oh man, talk about the million dollar question – am I happy in my career. Yes? Happy enough? I’m certainly not miserable in my current career, which I think is something. I’m a big advocate for not being afraid of a little bit of discomfort in things like careers and relationships. I think sometimes we have this idea that everything is going to be perfect all of the time and that everything has to be perfect all of the time, so when things aren’t 100% perfect we FREAK OUT and think we’ve made the wrong choice. So, to that end, yes, I’m happy in my career. I don’t dread going to work more than the average person. I don’t stare at the clock counting down the second until I’m free to leave. I don’t pop out of bed OMGSOEXCITED to go to work, either, but is anyone? And if they are, has anyone ever been able to sustain that kind of excitement over the long term? I kind of doubt it. Anyway, this new gig sounds like a good fit for you! I’m not all that experienced in marketing, but like you mentioned, there is a LOT of quantitative stuff that goes into marketing — it’s definitely not just all coming up with ad campaigns!

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