Job Switch?

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  • #3094457
    bmj2s
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    So while I'm waiting on my license to be issued (still looking at 2-8 weeks ugh), I've been browsing jobs internally within my company.

    There was a thread I made a ways back about how my current role has no need for a CPA, I'm just a Staff II currently. I'm in line for a promotion for a III role, which is the same workload plus reviewing other level I/II's. But for some reason I'm questioning if that's what I want to follow. This III role is a step towards Senior, which will mainly be only reviewing. However I see there's a lot of stress on the seniors I know during close and personally I think I'm kind of making excuses to look elsewhere because I am kind of a work horse so I pull my team out of the ditch monthly. That being said, I don't see (at this moment) how my role impacts the company other than proper presentation of a very small set of things, and even moving up I'm not sure that as an Accounting Manager (which would be years off since they're all relatively young) would be as rewarding.

    So I looked at this Budget Analyst job yesterday and thought it may have been kind of interesting, and maybe I need some insight or validation of some kind?

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    #3094487
    monikerncmonikernc
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    Just reading your post it is obvious you have some thinking to do. There is no harm in trying the Budget Analyst position. The nice thing about working for a bigger company is you get to try different jobs while staying in one place. You don’t sound challenged where you are and looking ahead it sounds like the only challenge will be stress. The budget job will give you a different perspective and that might be nice. Have you considered internal audit or tax?
    Search for the job you would like to have in 5 years and read what qualifications and experience they want for those then set a path in that direction.
    Good luck. Keep us posted on your license.

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    #3094586
    bmj2s
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    So there isn't really much challenge in this role, no. Basically accruing estimates, and re-classing expenses and revenue errors. General bookkeeping. Moving up only means I'd be reviewing it more to determine if it just needs to fall under a different category.

    I used to do Sales Tax and Property taxes, but I didn't want to not try financial accounting before staying there. Income tax has been an interest but I'm getting too old to start at the bottom all the time, with no experience. Currently there aren't internal audit positions open, just FA spots (which in the group it's posted for these are just report runners who project next month's costs) and this budget analyst job. Which would sound interesting and sound more like having an impact on the company. Job description is planning and performing budgets while also negotiating increases or decreases to them and cutting costs based on clinical trial research.

    5 years has a lot that can happen, 5 years ago I didn't imagine taking the CPA exam lol. I'm not entirely sure the career path of a budget analyst (and google wasn't very helpful just yet). I just don't see me moving up to a 3 and really enjoying anything more than the extra pay for the workload I'm already pretty much doing for cheaper, and then senior until something opens up. Not the life I really think I want for myself since they all stay up late on close nights trying to review.

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    #3094667
    monikerncmonikernc
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    You don't sound like you have a clear direction other than staying with this company. I get your point about starting at the bottom, I have struggled with that since switching to accounting and it sucks. You need a goal, first and foremost. I don't think taking the budget analyst job is a bad thing while you work through your existential angst. What do you want to be when you grow up?

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    Ninja book and MCQs and the forum, all first try! 2016
    Licensed State of Montana April Fool’s Day 2020
    State of Colorado June 2020 - AICPA Ethics 93
    Experience was the worst part of the journey for me. You?
    If you want things to change you have to do something different.
    #3094892
    bmj2s
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    It doesn't show that I posted this but it also won't let me post it again:

    So there isn't really much challenge in this role, no. Basically accruing estimates, and re-classing expenses and revenue errors. General bookkeeping. Moving up only means I'd be reviewing it more to determine if it just needs to fall under a different category.

    I used to do Sales Tax and Property taxes, but I didn't want to not try financial accounting before staying there. Income tax has been an interest but I'm getting too old to start at the bottom all the time, with no experience. Currently there aren't internal audit positions open, just FA spots (which in the group it's posted for these are just report runners who project next month's costs) and this budget analyst job. Which would sound interesting and sound more like having an impact on the company. Job description is planning and performing budgets while also negotiating increases or decreases to them and cutting costs based on clinical trial research.

    5 years has a lot that can happen, 5 years ago I didn't imagine taking the CPA exam lol. I'm not entirely sure the career path of a budget analyst (and google wasn't very helpful just yet). I just don't see me moving up to a 3 and really enjoying anything more than the extra pay for the workload I'm already pretty much doing for cheaper, and then senior until something opens up. Not the life I really think I want for myself since they all stay up late on close nights trying to review.

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    FAR - 78
    REG - 76
    AICPA Ethic Exam = 91%
    #3100721
    JFKGY
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    Ask yourself the question – Did you really need that promotion money? Yes / No

    If salary is not your urgent, then sometimes you should use money to buy happiness (or even a simple change).

    I get what you mean on the 5 years, I spent 7 years finally quit after I completely stressed out during a busy season.

    If you switch over, you might find another world. Even if you didn't find another world, you got nothing to lose other than the potential promotion. So ask yourself “how much” did you really want from that raise, and if there's any urgent need (financial ly). If it's not that urgent, you could buy yourself a chance.

    NY - Passed CPA. In searching for the experience.
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