First post here, but I’ve been browsing for a while and looks like a good site.
I’ve been working with a Big Four firm for about a year now doing auditing (having joined as a graduate). Trouble is, I’ve discovered I intensely dislike auditing and it’s not suited to my skills at all. I don’t like having to work with new people every few weeks (I’m fine at forming relationships but do so relatively slowly); I don’t like the itty-bitty nature of the work, and the fact that you have to concentrate on a new thing every ten minutes; I don’t like the fact I don’t have my own desk or ‘space’. I don’t like not knowing what time I’m going to finish every day – it bothers me much more than I thought it would. I could list other things but you get the picture! Worst of all, I’m generally not very good at auditing and feel I keep letting my peers/seniors down, and it’s really leaving me down in the dumps. So I’m seriously thinking of calling it a day. (FWIW, the boredom itself doesn’t bother me too much.)
As far as finding other work goes: despite being rubbish at auditing, I’d like to continue with the ACA by other means, given how well-respected it is. I’ve actually found I’m quite good at the exams and studying, so am wondering about the possibility of continuing with the ACA while working for a different employer (probably a much smaller one, where I would do things other than auditing at least some of the time). I can’t find anything on the Institute’s website about this, so is it a no-no?
As far as I can see, if I can continue with the ACA while working for a different employer, I have four options:-
Two more years in Practice (small/medium firm), then qualify
Two more years in Industry, then qualify
Stick it out with my current employer for two more years, then qualify (although I feel less able to do this every day!)
Something other than accountancy – maybe even something outside business/commerce altogether. Complete change of direction. How would it look to future employers that I pulled out of a Big Four after only a year?
Of course, the fact that the economy’s in the toilet at the moment makes everything a bit harder. I know I should really be grateful I’ve got a job at all!
Any advice would be appreciated as work is seriously getting me down at the moment!