Would quitg and starting a new career be right?

Summary of facts: -Recently graduated from college with a diploma in Bus. Admin - Acc -Accounting was never really a career I wanted to pursue, just a good
idea at the time. -Have had brief experience doing some accounting duties, hated it. -got a position in a local accounting firm -Great people, seems to be a good environment, decent pay and benefits. -bookkeeper
This job is awesome, everything I ever wanted in starting my career but..... with all that said within the first 2 of weeks I find myself, not wanting to stay working in the place, with the urge to quit.
Its not that I don't like to work, work hard, I would just like to do something that I'd rather enjoy, atleast some what. Heck, I even enjoyed working at McD's more than this. I am a semi-creative person and I find it too difficult to perform this job.
This is not a case of the "new job jitters", those feeling have mostly passed, but rather I feel trapped working here when I still need to find out what I want to do.
Already dreading the upcomming tax season, where I will have to work ultra long hours, maybe I am alittle burned out from constantly working to put myself through college etc.
If someone could offer some practical advice it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
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You don't mention what you would like to do. Don't you think that is a bit odd?
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I do, seems as I do not know what it is that I want to do, my query is more of the form is it right/fair (employer and myself) to continue working at a job I have no real intention of maintaining long term? and whether I would be best served "sticking it out", or leaving to discover/pursue my interests in the short term based on stress/health/efficiencies?
Possibly should have posted thin in another group. sorry for the incovienience.
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If you want to move on to what you see as greener pastures, then by all means, go now. This would give the employer time to hire and train someone before tax season kicks in.
The best job you'll ever have is the one you are happy at.
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same here
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If you are 100% certain then you should move. Maybe it's a shock to the system though. I'd guess you are meant to do something else but it's your decision. If you are certain it's not for you it's best to leave.
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My background is in the hospitality industry (hotels, restaurants, country clubs). I have seen a lot of accounting grads who found that while they were good at accounting, they were not accounting-types. Sometimes they needed more people interaction than what accounting might provide.
Whatever, I agree that you have to enjoy what you are doing. You are doing yourself and your employer a disservice. I know that operation people in hospitality who know accounting and understand the financials as we are trained to do, are hugely successful. I am in hospitality accounting because I need the people service aspects to the job.
As the controller at a country club, I have been TOLD by the members, "sit and pick up this hand of bridge, Thelma is slow getting back from the ladies room". So I sat and played a hand of bridge. You don't get that in Oil & Gas.
TK
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So how do you like hospitality?
I take you manage a hotel or something?
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There is a lot I like about hospitality. These days I prefer working in a corporate environment though. Since hotels are 24/7 , quality of life can be haphazard. All managers have to pulled "manager on duty" shifts, usually from Friday 6pm to Sunday 6pm. You are on call.
Controllers are one of four key executives, ie. GM, Director of Sales, F&B Director and Controller, considered to be executive committee. A lot of hotels have cut back staffing for accounting so you perform in a clerical position in addition to other duties you have. In most hotels and country clubs you are the IT person as well.
Once everything is running well and if you have enough staffing it can be fun. Hotel controllers get major discounts in other properties of the chain. Friend of mine stayed in a Crowne Plaza in downtown NYC for $25 a night. I went to a convention in San Antonio. Instead of staying at the host hotel for $200 a night I stayed at a hotel part of the same franchise group I handled the accounting for, $32 a night, across the street.
I enjoyed working at a country club the most, because of the membership.
TK
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You actually LIKE working for corporate?
Why?
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Normalcy (if that exists). It was legal to drink when I was 18yo. However, because I worked at the property level of hotel accounting I was not able to be off for a new year's eve party until I was 31yo. Many hotels will do special events that night, there are end of month adjustments that have to be processed and if there is a mistake it has to be accrued. Any accounting for revenue and receivables in a hotel must go through the systems on the front desk.
At a corporate office, with the exception of end of month/year close times, you can pretty well figure to have normal hours, 8-5, 9-6, hour for lunch. People can work out at lunch. After end of month close if the group wants a little bit longer lunch..no big deal. Can't do any of that at the property.
At a corporate office, dress is more casual, even if it is only business casual. In hotels and most country clubs you do not go out in to the public area without your suit coat and tie. At corporate if you want to eat at your desk, it probably is ok. But you can never do that in a hotel, guests may come through at any time.
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I see
Thanks foe the info!
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