If Only We Said What We Felt...

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After 6 years of university and professional examinations and three years hard at the slog of work, working my way up through the ranks to be fully qualified and ready to take the next step in my career and yet today is my last day in the job. On this day, I received the following email that is supposedly from someone in my field in my counter-part office in America....it sums up nicely how I felt today and why i was overcome with relief when I handed over my laptop and all my work files.....

As many of you now know this friday will be my last day with Company X so I
wanted to say good bye and thank you for everything. My decision to
leave was not a snap decision as it may have seemed but a well thought
out process.
It started one night in the audit room as I was helplessly
attempting to focus on some inane, completely irrelevant task so I could
leave when the green card carrying cleaning lady came into my cage to
empty my garbage when my decision was made. I realized that I was
actually jealous of her job. I would have gladly emptied the garbage
cans in the whole building over any of the nonsense I was doing on my
computer. See, at the end of her shift she has made a difference, she
has added value, be it minimal, of removing the refuse from the employees cubes. At the end of the day she sees the empty garbage cans and knows that she
accomplished something. When trying to apply this mindset to my own work
I found it to be impossible. At the end of my shift, I will have
documented a control, that was only created for the sake of having a
control, and my work will get picked apart by anal retentive managers, but ultimately find a home in a cabinet somewhere, only to see the light of day again when it is thrown out in 7 years when it is deemed to be irrelevant. I have added
zero value to the client, zero value to my own company, and it has made
me routinely daydream about ways to off myself. I find it very hard to
be motivated when I know the end result of my work has no impact on
anything but simply must be completed because Company X audit guide says it
must be completed.What makes this entire process worse is the fact that those around you insist that this work is crucial to the world's existence and it is essential
that you never use abbreviations, that your sheets must be as colorful
as possible, and all lines must be drawn with a ruler or else it is
clear that Company X will come apart from its hinges. I must have missed out
on the brainwashing session that Company X provided all senior associate and
managers that taught them how to turn obsessive compulsive up a notch. Anyway...that was how I came to decide that public accounting was not really for me. A couple other pieces of adivce for my coworkers and the company as I part:

I would greatly encourage some kind of weight loss challenge to be
implemented firm wide. The herd of water buffalo you call your work
force is embarassing and a bit gross. When I call a co worker over from
2 cubes down and they are legitmately out of breath when they get to my
cube it may be time to knock off 10 or 80 pounds. The company seems to
encourage this obesity; each busy season we get a giant package full of pixie
sticks, chocolate and assorted sweets. As much as I would enjoy type 2
diabetes, I think I'll pass.
Do not ever, ever, ever put one male on a team with all females unless
you want him to quit and or commit a hate crime. This is inhumane. One
can only endure so many conversations about greys anatomy, weddings, and
handbags before they wish for a cancerous tumor in their armpit.
I think the joke is old already, enough with the sarbanes oxley. It was
fun while it lasted but there is no way anbody can honestly think that
this bullshit is necessary. Oh you want me to pull a sample of the HR
file to make sure everyones birthday and hire date is accurate? Yea ill
jump right on that, and trust me I'll definitely let you know if there
is an exception and not just make up answers that result in me doing
less work.

You can easily cut some costs and get rid of the HR department. I'm
pretty sure you can train a monkey to send out the available list and a
timesheet reminder every two weeks.

(note this is not to cause anyone offence in the auditing field or indeed in the Human Resource fields of business, nor is it to boost the confidence of those who clean up our offices, merely showcases some of the nitty gritty realities of life that has to be dealt with out in the real world)
derekbilldaly says:
Cheers buddy! :o)
Posted on: Jan 31, 2011
travelingJacq says:
Well written!! This is so true ...
Posted on: Jan 30, 2011
derekbilldaly says:
Thank you so much :o)
Definitely, a change can so often sort out so much cant it. Life is too short to be stuck in a rut without doing what you really want to do.
Posted on: Jan 17, 2011
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