I am graduating this coming May and I really need some help making a decision between the following 2 job offers:
- a role in the tax line of one of the “Big 4” accounting firms
- a 2 year government rotational program after which there’s no guarantee of continued employment but past success rates are over 80%
My conundrum is this. I don’t know how familiar many of you will be with the accounting industry, but option #1 (working for a big accounting firm) entails working grueling hours (60+) 2-4 months out of the year, a likely competitive working environment where new-hires generally try to trump one another’s hours, and did I mention overtime is unpaid? Now you may be asking why any new graduate would consider such a position but apparently working at these firms and obtaining your CPA designation brings with it prestige on your resume and a good reputation among future employers outside of public accounting. However, I’m very concerned as to what a position like this could do to my soul. For one, during busy season, I’ll have no time to pray. Also, I fear that work will consume my life to the point where my relationships will break down and all that I think about both at work and away from work will be, in fact, work.
The 2nd option appeals to me more for several reasons: equal salary, standard 40 hour work week all year long, variety of work, friendly atmosphere, lots of learning opportunities and much support is offered to you in terms of finding extended employment either during or after the 2 years. My only concern is the possibility of being jobless or being stuck in a short-term contract limbo after the 2 years are done. Were it not for this, I would easily choose this option. If I’m fortunate enough to obtain a position after the 2 years, I will also be eligible for a much higher salary - likely higher than I would be earning at the same point in time at option 1. And to be honest, I have always regarded the prospect of working for the government in the long term positively.
Now what I’m looking for here, Catholic Answers friends, is advice from a combined professional and spiritual perspective. All my accounting professors and those in the field recommend option 1 but I don’t want any job that will crush my soul and ruin my relationship with my family, friends or God. I want to work to live not vice-versa, even if that means a salary trade-off. Thank you and I appreciate any advice. If I can add more detail to help in your assessment, please do not hesitate to ask.