I need advice on going from accounting to accounting software design
November 7, 2011 11:27 AM Subscribe
How can I go into a more appropriate field based on my passion like designing accounting software?
posted by iz0rz to Work & Money (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am 27 and a very creative - abstract thinker. I have ADD and hate accounting "work" but love the ideas behind it.
I graduated college and went into public accounting at a small CPA firm. I was excited and planning to study for the CPA exam. My experience was pretty bad unfortunately. The manager of the firm was a real passive aggressive ice queen who made everyone she reviewed feel stupid. Most of my colleagues could handle this but I couldn’t. Years of feeling terrible about myself and not being able to do anything right have left serious wounds inside. So from here I got very discouraged.
Ironically enough, it was this feeling of worthlessness that helped me find something awesome about myself. Everyone always talked about a problem with browsing folders and looking for files and I had always been a very creative problem solver so I came up with a way to fix it.
I taught myself visual basic and wrote a 1,000 or so line add-in that added dynamic “folder browsing” menus to the ribbon in word and excel. I spent about three full months learning and writing it but I finished it and it is going on the second year they are still using it. I felt creating it amazing.
WHERE I AM NOW
My current job: Pushing paper at a fortune 500 company doing corp. accounting.
I enjoyed it at first because my manager (who hired me and why I took the job) was AWESOME. He left though 4 months into it and believe it or not one of my old supervisors at the public accounting firm - who sucks slightly less than my horrible old manager from there – is now my manager!!!!!!!!! What are the chances?!
So now again, I am trapped with a passive aggressive ice queen like manager who talks about herself non-stop all day and throws people in front of the bus. I am frustrated, depressed, and tired. I want to quit but I can’t obviously.
I am trying to study for the CPA exam which I take in a month or so but it is really hard when all my energy is sucked out during the day. But I feel like I need my CPA or else I will be a failure if I leave accounting without it. But I am so mentally rundown and frustrated with pushing paper all day it is really hard to focus and study.
Getting my CPA isn’t the issue though because the job doesn’t affect it and god knows it would be easier studying if I was actually happy. Note: I want to get the CPA regardless of the job because I just truly want it.
Where do I go from here?
I have had lots of trouble finding anything that I could apply for because I am not a “developer” but an idea person with a very technical background. Don’t software companies need accountants with programming knowledge??
I just don’t know what to do and I am feeling hopeless again.
Work experience at this point:
2.5 years of public accounting
1.0 years of corp accounting
Just to be clear, I have a very strong background in computers and if I am not creating something I go insane so accounting "work" is bad for me.
One way to describe, if it helps, what I like doing is that I love making complex problems simple and developing a system around that solution to “capture” the efficiency and retain it.