@macguy6922 - If being bored is your main concern as far as your career is concerned, please join me in Big4 audit division. If you do, I promise you that the word "BORING" will become inexistent in your vocabulary. Some of my co-workers who left public accounting for corporate accounting have since returned to the firm because they were bored at their new jobs despite their good salaries.
With Big4 Audit, you'll spend every day trying to convince yourself that work is not a punishment of nature and that you will survive busy season if you can keep your stress level low. Every client is different and you might be dealing with many clients as well as managers, directors or partners. For sure you won't find the work boring, instead, you'll find it challenging. It's a totally different culture.
I've changed career 4 times in my life and I wish I had discovered public accounting earlier so that I wouldn't have wasted many years of my life pursuing short and dead ends careers. I first graduated with a Math degree, taught Maths for 2 years and hated teaching the same things every year. I then move to a law school and studied International law, relations and diplomacy. Thereafter, I became a diplomat. I hated the heavy traveling and not being able to have a stable family life. I quitted after 2 years, studied Accounting and graduated. Thereafter, I joined Government accounting and hated it. I quitted after 2 years and joined Big4. Now I'm in my element and I'm shinning my way up. I'm not going anywhere because I absolutely love what I do. I love the term “Independent Auditor”. The top level I might reach (senior manager, director or partner) doesn't even matter to me because I'm just happy waking up every day to go to work. Don’t get me wrong, I know many of my co-workers who absolutely hate it to death and getting ready to quit and go to private or corporate accounting. It varies per person.
Final advice: if age is not a limit for you and you conclude that accounting in all of its forms (Gov, Public, Tax, Advisory...) is not for you, find your dream job and go after it even if you'll have to go back to school again like I did in the past. At the end of the day, it's your happiness and well-being that matters the most. However, If age is not in your favor (above 35 - because without saying it out loud, most companies will not hire you if your years to retirement are very few - it makes sense in accounting, cost-benefit analysis (pension...)), then just learn how to love accounting. It's that simple! The more you try eating tasteless food, the more you'll think that it's not as bad as it looks : )
Good luck and let me know what your final decision is.
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