5 ways to fall (back) in love with your accounting career

  • career advice
  • February 09, 2017
Do you remember why you first wanted a job in accounting? You probably had a passion for crunching numbers, an obsessive attention to detail and appreciation of the multitude of career options available to you when you graduated college.

But, like many professionals may begin to experience, you could be having a tough time getting excited about certain aspects of your career, like enduring another long Busy Season. Maybe the idea of closing the monthly books doesn’t raise your excitement level like it once did.

Luckily, you can rekindle the flames of passion for your accounting career after the honeymoon is over. Here are five ways to fall in love with accounting all over again:

1. Remember the good times.

Take a few minutes to recall a time in your accounting career when you felt excited to come to the office. What was going on at the time? What types of projects were you working on? Maybe you liked getting in the weeds more than your current management position allows. Or maybe you excelled at building client relationships or implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Make a list of the situations you loved and figure out how to incorporate them into your current job.

2. Explore.

If you still aren’t satisfied with your present work, perhaps you would thrive in a different accounting role. For example, you might want to explore corporate accounting after a stint in public accounting. Or consider a career boost by pursuing an in-demand certification. Consulting is another great way to test the waters in new accounting specialties and industries. Find out what finance and accounting jobs are hot in your area. With an unemployment rate for accountants of just 3 percent, the sky’s the limit for professionals looking for new opportunities.

3. Deepen your affection.

Excitement about the accounting profession is contagious. Socializing in person can be incredibly motivating. Plan to attend a new continuing professional education (CPE) conference or course and focus on learning the latest industry trends. Meet at least three new accounting professionals who you find motivating. Be sure to connect on LinkedIn.

4. Take a break.

You’ve heard the saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” That is true for the day-to-day grind of your job. Check how much paid vacation time you have and plan to take some much-deserved rest and relaxation. Need more of a time out? Many large companies and Big Four accounting firms offer employees sabbaticals. Check with your HR representative or supervisor to see what’s possible.

5. Keep your eye on the prize.

Work is made up of many things besides the job. Think meetings, emails and paperwork. But remember what you love. If you are a tax accountant, it’s about helping small business owners save more of their hard-earned money. If you’re an auditor, maybe you enjoy the ability to influence decision-makers at your company.
When you're in a loveless lull with your accounting job, remembering the positive aspects of the profession can be beneficial. Don't lose hope. With a little effort and some adjustments, you can revive your affection for accounting.

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