I am currently a Master/PhD student at a top Ivy League university and will graduate in December. I have many career choices, including a PhD paying me a net salary of 20000 GBP a year.
I applied to many graduate positions with ACA training in the UK because it seemed to be an interesting career with a lot of progression and customer contact where I could keep on using my quantitative skills (I am especially considering external or internal auditing).
However after reading a lot of unbelievably negative comments online, I am double-guessing myself. While I have a lot of work experience in various fields (from packing frozen meat during night shifts to researcher at the very top!) I never actually worked in an office. Is it really such drudgery?
If you could do it all over again, would you be an accountant/external auditor... again?
To be perfectly honest, I wish to move away from science and research because after years of working 70+ hours a week with only a week or two off at Christmas at best, I want to move into a "normal" job. Forget about making friends, the competition is so intense people will back stab you to get their project noticed as soon as they can. In my field women are not even expected to think about having children, and the final blow struck when a company came on campus to advertise their egg freezing services! I am in my early twenties but it still is at the back of my mind. To top it off, we are also expected to change lab for every promotion, meaning moving (probably to another country) every 2 years or so for the next 10 years to hopefully land a permanent underpaid position.
I have no hope left if accountancy is an awful field as well!
Would you advise young people to join accountancy? What are the worse points of working in accountancy?
Many many thanks, and I apologize for the long post!