I am an accountant. I like working with numbers and generally like the work. I often find mistakes later in my work, correctible but it should be right the first time. I have found I don't like working for others all that well. I have thought about striking out on my own for the past 20 years but fear of failure and history of errors though minor, hold me back. I am smart but often feel stupid and inferior to others.
I am thinking of making a career change. I am currently unemployed due to prolonged illness. My first love is animals. I have always had in interest in psychology as well. I chose accounting due to the income potential with the goal of becoming a CPA. Didn't happen. Probably the wrong career choice. It seems that most everything else of interest for an INFP would require a new degree. I'm not too sure about going back to school for a few years.
All of that said, does anyone have any advice?

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fellow INFP accountant (not verified) says...

Hi, I'am 33 and contemplating a career change from accounting as well. Like you I chose this profession for financial reasons and found out that I love the analytical and problem solving nature of accounting. I also prefer to work autonomously. However, for the last 3 years I've felt like I've been cheating myself doing this work. I feel like I'm not being true to myself. So I've decided to take some time off. Thanks to my job I have some money set aside and my plan is to use the next 6 months or so to explore careers regardless of income. It's frightening I agree to actually put these plans into action, but something tells me we're the type to ache with regret if we do not live the lives we feel we were meant to live. I'm not sure of you're situation right now, but my advice would be if you don't feel like you can go on as you are then make the change. It doesn't have to be the same as what I'm doing. It could be on a larger or a smaller scale but you need to do something. I don't think you'll regret it. I know I won't. Best of luck!

Guest (not verified) says...

YES!
INFJ with an accounting degree. A year and a half ago I started a new career as a real estate appraiser. I love it. Different scenery everyday. I meet people one or two at a time. Then go sit quietly at my computer for several hours writing reports. Small office of four; seldom more than two of us there at once. Come and go as necessary and when work is slow, there's the unexpected time off. On the other hand, when things are busy, there's much more money.
It's kind of a long learning curve. Two years to get your license and some classes to take.
Check it out.

caddored says...

Since your first love is animals, I would start there. Shelters are always looking for people to play with and look after the animals. Perhaps you could find a small shelter that needs an accountant if you don't want to totally get out of the job. Maybe a vet in the area needs an assistant. Check out different places you can volunteer and perhaps you can narrow down the field to find a better career path. Good luck! =)

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