Fork in the Road. Here is my “Why”…

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    Hello friends,

    Disclosure: I apologize if this thread is lengthy; I felt I had to explain as mush as possible so my audience can obtain a clear and high-level understanding of where I am coming from, per se.

    Hope everyone is well and staying safe. I have retuned to A71 to vent and ask for guidance, once again. 2020 was a horrible year for a lot of people around the world, and 2021 is no different. Actually, on NYE my younger brother became very ill and was rushed to the ER and was forced to be medically sedated due to his illness and for having severe panic attacks. I refused my mom to spend the night, so I asked the medical staff if I could spend the night with my brother My brother is unbale to speak and he is handicapped, thus my mother and I have POA; he has A TON of medical issues and thankfully COVID has not made the list of illnesses. It was a very tense night for him and I, as I watched my unconscious brother “sleep”, I wore a gown, gloves and N95 mask. I risked my health to help out my mother, and after all, he is my brother. I did not sleep at all due to a lot of nurses coming in and out the the room. This is how my 2021 began…

    For some time I have been pondering with the notion of what else can I do with this accounting degree, which I obtained from an AACSB-accredited business school? I do not like my job (which I’ll get to in a moment), my CPA studies are interrupted due to helping out my mother and brother due to his illness as stated above.

    Why do I dislike my job? My boss is NOT the easiest person to deal with. He lacks people skills and empathy. He is a baby boomer who is stuck on his old way’s, and criticizes his staff immensely instead of providing guidance and mentorship. The energy in that office is very uptight and toxic. I loath getting up in the morning to go to work and deal with such a pretentious individual; I am mentally drained that I no longer care. My co-workers are much older than, and they also dislike going into his office to ask a question because they are afraid of him belittling them! And he likes to curse and yell too! He also expects one to KNOW everything! He argues and enjoys to contest every word I say! It is VERY draining! And I have been dealing with his BS for 3 years. Mainly b/c I am close to home (for sick brothers’ sake), and the muni medical insurance is awesome! At times, I want to walk out of that place and never look back! Today, for example, he heavily criticized me out of the blue because I never worked in public accounting, therefore, I do NOT know what true responsibility is, or never worked long hours, like he once did, he explained. I was like…WTF?! What is wrong with this person?! Deep down, I believe he takes out his life experiences (awful ones) out on me. Not so much on the other two people in the office, they are female, but he seems more arrogant and dismissive towards me, and I do not know why! He’s a bit “nicer” to woman, than he is towards men. Like he’s bitter of what he had to go through when he was younger and/or in public accounting, so he’s taking it out on me.

    Forget about speaking to HR, this guy is part of the “Boys’ Club”, and his job is heavily politically influenced. This is how municipal/governmental job are, as I came to learn. He’s untouchable, so to speak.

    His demeanor and attitude has caused me to not care about accounting as a career! Thus, wondering what else I can do with this expensive degree? This piece of paper cost me $60k from the AACSB-accredited high education institution. I have 5 years of accounting experience, specifically in governmental/municipal accounting. I am 37 y/o, and have enough credit hours for CPA exam (which I doubt I’ll take given my personal family issues). I have lost all interest in accounting. Side note: I do like computers/technology.

    All that said, what are your thoughts and/or words of wisdom? (@Recked, I am looking forward to your reply, hope you are still posting!)

    I appreciate the time you took to read and/or reply to my post.



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