Thursday, 10 June 2010

Too much

I've been an auditor for 7.5 years.

Auditors are known for working long crazy hours especially during the dreaded busy season (12-15 hours a day). For the benefit of non-accountants, busy season is from January to April 15 (the BIR's deadline for filing of tax returns) of each year.

Now you ask, why would a sane person sign up to something like this? Well, people in Finance acknowledge that an audit firm is the best training ground if you want to move forward in this field. Being in audit gives you many opportunities: technical training and continuing education, quick career progression, competitive compensation and development of your social skills.

Along with the opportunities, this profession also brings some downside: lack of sleep (leading to lack of beauty ;) ), stress, missing important life events, inability to plan vacations.

Another thing I dread about this job is resignation season as about 30-40% of our employees resign on an annual basis. It was most difficult a few years ago when all but 1 of my batchmates resigned from the firm. It was depressing even for a very cheerful guy like me.

This year, resignation season culminated on June 1, the deadline for submission of resignation letters. After 7.5 years in this job, this day doesn't pass by without me being emotional. The realization that in 30 days, people you consider dear friends won't be around anymore makes me really, really sad. Sometimes, I wish I could stretch the time so I can spend more time with them. Sometimes, I wish time was on fast-forward so that all of this would be over and done with.

Resignation season was the first blow. June 1 also marked the end of summer. The realization that summer has passed by without me being able to take a proper vacation pisses me off big time. I also had 2 summer projects in mind, now both unfulfilled. My unhappiness grows every single day that I am unable to take my well-deserved vacation. And this is breaking my spirit. I've been an asshole to friends and family, I've been whining so much and have become a burden to be with. I've been having dizzy spells and severe headaches all week.

This is too much!

I'm so close to losing it.

I need a break!


Eternal Wanderer... said...

i can totally relate with you. thrice, i lost two cycles of friends in the workplace. the last one proved to be the breaking point. not only did i not last years more at work, but i eventually turned my back on that field, too.

Guyrony said...

I hope you're doing better London Boy.


~Carrie~ said...

Ako, I've seen people come and go in my client. It's hard to see friends shift to a new company. Hope you feel better this weekend.

london boy said...

@eternal wanderer hey thanks for following my blog. im close to my breaking point, so close.

@guyrony thanks sis! ill be ok. im sure.

@carrie thanks teh! ill party hard this weekend to forget about all this drama. *hugs* to you

♥ ruby ♥ said...

Teh, pagdating ko eh mag-party tayo! :D

Sana ok ka na. Magkaiba man tayo ng time zone, eh I'm here for you. :D

london boy said...

@ruby teh, salamat! aabangan ko ang pagbabalik mo.

im much better now, i went on leave last friday, so I had a 4-day break.

im so happy i have friends like you who understands how stressful our work is.


Cio said...

kung di ka na masaya, resign.

iurico said...

I thought by not pursuing my grandma's dreams of me being an accountant, I'd be spared from the long office hours. But apparently, this is not the case. I'd take the 12-15 hours daily over being on call 24/7 anytime. :-)

Cheer up. Malate lang katapat niyan. Buti ka nga may Malate e, ako wala. LOL

london boy said...

@cio how i wish it was that easy. I have obligations to fulfill at the office because of my london stint.

@iurico my 12-15 hour work day doesnt sound too bad anymore compared to being on call 24/7. and luckily, i still have my weekends all to myself.

I feel better now, i just badly needed a break when i wrote this post. and yes, i partied hard in Bed that weekend! Thanks for reading my blog! (kinikilig ako, shet)

Anonymous said...

So, to what big 4 firm do u work for in London? Me is from PWC.

iurico said...

Ngek. I read every entry in your blog. You just dont realize it 'coz I rarely leave comments. :-)

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