Career progression as an Accountant who stuffed up? Feel lost?
Last edited 18/04/2019 - 18:12
Hi guys i've made some big mistakes in my life.
I studied commerce at university of melbourne (accounting and marketing). During university i was a compelete idiot and didn't study hard, work much or care about my future.
After graduating i thought to myself let's try get a job in accounting (because that's what i studied so why not?)
I flukishly landed a job at a local tax firm in my area. I hated working here.
They never put the AC on, it was hot, stuffy, 30 minute lunch break, no training . It was hell. I couldn't hack it so i quit after 6 months. A few months later i got a job at another suburban firm. This firm was better and it was a bit bigger. The problem was that after a few months there i had a family crisis i had to deal with (close family member was suffered a life threatening condition). I had to leave my job and care for my family.
That was 6 months ago. i've been trying to get a another job ever since.
I'm currently working in a factory and i'm starting to get depressed. I don't know what to do in life and i'm 25 years old . I have a small family too and not many friends/connections.
I've been applying for sales, marketing, any kind of corporate position but i'm struggling as i have no experience. I've decided that maybe i should go back to accounting and study my CA. The problem is, i'm finding it really hard to get a graduate junior role again. Moreover, i don't think i'd like working in a small accounting firm in the suburbs again. What's the career prospects if i go back and do this? could i get into a mid tier or big 4 firm?
I feel like i stuffed up so badly because if i could go back in time i'd study hard, get into mid tier/big 4 ( i believe i have the smarts and personality for this) and go from there. :(. What do i do?
Thanks for reading.