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    Default Re: I don't know what to do...

    Susieq, you've put it all out there...

    1) I won't ever work for a fortune 500 company - I didn't graduate from a top-tier business school to begin with. I just have a BS in Accounting and a few letters after my name.

    2) I do know my company wouldn't give me a raise. Every time I have gotten a big pay raise it is because I switched jobs. I have had three jobs since I graduated in 2005, and its usually because I want more $$ or better benefits. The job I am at, if I am willing to relocate (yes, please get me out of this dreadful state and back somewhere a little more...I don't know...I want to say civilized but that's
    not nice so I will say "modern") will give me the ability to move up.

    3) I do not have to stay with the company for any amount of time. As soon as I am wired the reimbursement funds, I can quit the next day and not pay it back. On the front end, you have to be with the company so long before they give you your refund.

    Do you know what really pisses me off about the whole thing? I asked my boss, who teaches at a community college if it would help me get to where I could teach...and she was like "yes, I got the MBA and i teach"

    THEN!!! After I am accepted into the program, I find out she has a graduate accounting certificate, which makes her able to teach. **sigh**

    I am glad to be out of school, and kind of dread going back...but I would like to be a college professor one day (summers off - hours arent' as structured - more freedom, deal with less people just students, write research papers, etc) BUT I prob won't ever get there because my hubby thinks the PhD or DBA required for that is too costly ($40,000 tuition plus up to $400,000 in lost wages and benefits)

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    Default Re: I don't know what to do...

    well Nashville... it's one of those situations where you're either all in or not.

    I will say - I don't know how it is with your industry but with mine - too many job moves do look worry some on a resume. Companies look for people who want a long term "working relationship". Personally - this is my second "real life" job since I graduated in 2006. My first job had re-located and I opt'd not to move with them.

    A lot of future employers understand that there will always be those short-term type of jobs, it's on everyone's resume really. However, be careful... you're on average about a job a year. It's expensive to even HIRE someone new, so if a company sees that your record is to bail after the 1st year, they are going to be hesitant. That's a main reason why I've been pushing this current job I have to give me a raise instead of me having to go to a new company.

    Although yes...it's VERY TRUE that in order to get any significant raise, you need to change companies. But at the same time, it shows companies that you are in it more for the money than the job.

    Just some ideas that I've had tossed around my head and figured I'd share with you. We are basically the same age so I felt that I could help you out. I'm going through some of your similar feelings (ie: moving the hell out of the crappy state I live in now).

    Going for a PhD is good if you are like my girlfriend. She still lives with her parents and never took a break between degrees. It's not the most appealing situation IMHO, but it's working for her.

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    Default Re: I don't know what to do...

    Susieq...

    My job changes weren't that bad. They were rational. I went from a very small public accounting firm, to a large regional firm, which is a very good move and makes sense when you see it on paper. I didn't seek them out, btw...one of their partners called me because my former employer had put some sort of press release in the paper about a special second certification that I have. I was resistant then they took me to dinner and gave me an offer I couldn't refuse. Then, I moved from public accounting after gaining 2 years experience, which was required to get a license, to private accounting at a multinational corporation. I plan on staying here for at least 3 years (enough to vest my 5% Defined contribution pension plan, enough to get most of a master's) OR LONGER!! Depending if I get a controller position somewhere. If I can be a controller, I can see my tenure lasting 6-10 years or longer. Once stepkid is grown, I will volunteer to become expatriate and work abroad. I wouldn't mind living in Latin America or Asia...Canada is an option too which is probably more viable to me because our facility is in Montreal and I speak a little French (6 hours short of a french minor)...but not that exotic (I grew up 45 minutes from the border of Ontario to the US...we went shopping in Canada a lot when the CAD was low against the USD.)

    A girl that graduated a year or two ahead of me, she wants to teach as well and what she did (but I am not going to do because I have a family to support) is she worked in each facet of accounting for a year (Audit, Tax, Cost management, budgeting, general...etc) and then went to get her doctorate.

    I can teach at a community college with just a Masters...as long as I get the degree and it has 18 hours in my specialty. Also, teaching at a CC I can do that at night and I can add $10-$20K per year to my income, which isn't too shabby. If I want to pursue a doctorate later on (I will wait until my hubby is 50 so we can get health insurance through AARP ... which isn't that long away...let's say less than 12 years) then having the teaching base at the CC level gives you an edge over someone who's never really worked and just gone to school.

    I think I know I have to do a Master of Science in Accounting. **Sigh** My school option is that I would have to go to a school that I really didn't like but they still have a great reputation. Or find a good accredited online program that I can do at my own pace.

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    **update** I found a night program for a Masters of Accountancy ... Its not in TN but its 20 miles and I can get an out of state bordering county scholarship, as long as I keep a 3.0

    I have to retakey gMAT... I am too low to get in, but I can take up to 9 hours before I have to be formally admitted

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