Originally Posted by FidelCashflow
I got a raise and promotion this year (still not a huge amount of money for a CA) but the work is boring, I do review of financial statements and taxes. The work I'm doing next year is pretty much the same as last year.
No matter what you choose to do, there will be tedium involved. For example, I chose to go into Fine Arts and spent my first two years out of college being an artist. First of all, I made little money despite being more successful then 99% of art graduates (meaning, I sold a couple hundred pieces. However, even in a creative field, people like consistency and your work can end up being formulaic long after you've grown bored with it.
And there is great tedium after you've built and prep'd your Nth stretcher, called everyone you needed to get hold of for your show, schmoozed idiots hoping they would open their wallets, explaining your ideas to clueless visitors for the millionth time. That shit gets old and aggravating. I found that the only part of it I actually enjoyed was creating art that I wanted to make.
I enjoy talking to people about real issues they have running their business. I worry that by doing my CA and working 3 years I've already pigeon holed myself and I want to find a way out. The best I can figure is I went into this job because it was a safe profession with a steady paycheque.
Perhaps you can continue working as a CA and get an MBA in management or entrepreneurship and look for jobs in that fields. You're knowledge of numbers will come in handy.
I want to find a way to break the cycle, and if I could get an unpaid internship in something totally different like advertising in a big city for a few months at least I could explore if the grass is really greener on the other side of the fence. Plus I feel like I really haven't done anything truly noteworthy with my life that I can look back on and say "wow... I did that." I know that sounds super lame as I type it, but that's what I'm thinking.
You can't break the cycle. Everything comes down to formula, pattern, and eventually tedium. You may find advertising interesting because you are allowed to come up with ideas, but if you stretch that out over 5, 10, 20 years you'll see that there isn't as much variety as you think.
Define "noteworthy", because that's either a lofty goal or a myth you've built in your own mind. No one outside your family will care when you die.
Right now I have no financial commitments, so I figure I could try and stash away a couple of grand between now and next summer and take a leave of abscence and hopefully figure out what I really want to do. But I guess I need more than a plan to just show up and wait for the universe to point me in the right direction.
A couple of grand? While I encourage your idea of travel, you'll want more money. Cause shit happens.
The universe doesn't care about you. Nothing (other than yourself) is going to point you anywhere. Travel for the sake of enjoyment or enrichment, but don't delude yourself into thinking you'll find some magic fairy dust that will make your wildest dreams come true.
Sometimes I think about doing an MBA, but I'm afraid I'll just get myself into something else I don't really enjoy. I think my biggest mistake was not doing an internship before committing to the career.
Go travel, come back, do an internship in what you think you would like. Seems simple enough to me, don't know why you're agonizing over it. Although, my best guess is that your view of the world and your future has crumbled to reality, and you're still hopeful that there's an "IWIN" button somewhere that you can push.
I'd say, before jumping ship, figure out what you want your life to look like in 1 year, 5 years, and 10 years. Work towards those goals.