- Oct 4, 2006
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What are your thoughts on taking a year away from classes, to get a job and try the "real world" out for a year? I'm majoring in Accounting, and was planning on being a tax CPA. That goal is slowly leaving me disenchanted as I progress toward graduation. Sure, accounting has lots of career options, but they all involve...accounting of some sort. The long hours behind a desk aren't exactly appealing at the moment. I'm thinking about taking a year off, getting a full time job at Geico as a claims rep (the person who answers when you call, and takes your info down, etc.). I have friends and contacts who retired from there, and they loved the company. Basically, I'm hoping I will see lots of room for advancement and higher pay, they'll like me, I'll take the following year off to go back and finish school, then come back to a higher position in the company...or at least have a future of higher positions, maybe as a claims adjuster or manager, etc. Sure, it's setting low expectations, but I'm really afraid of dreading waking up every morning right now as an accountant, and due to the hours a CPA works, the hourly pay rate is not very high. Thoughts? I'll save money for that year of work, maybe take a small vacation at the end, then go back to finish my degree in 3 semesters or so. Even though neither of my parents have a full college education, that was always simply a 'given' for me. I was GOING to get a degree, there was no alternative. Looking forward, I don't know if I want the professional job, sometimes a 40 hour week slowly moving up within a good company seems like enough to be happy.