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Following Up On "Going Where The Jobs Are"

Two posts ago, I introduced some statistics that suggested accounting is a very promising industry in terms of stability and future job opportunities. I also raised the following question:

“If you’re NOT already in accounting, does a report like this make you consider switching industries?”

There weren’t any comments, so hopefully the question was a stumper! Here’s my two cents. Reports about industries being “hot or not” are very helpful within the context of understanding the state of the greater marketplace. It’s also important to stay on top of so that you can prepare yourself for trends in your specific industry, be it positive or negative. After all, you don’t want to be the last one to hear that jobs are drastically declining in your field!

However, it’s important to avoid the temptation of running to where the jobs are. If your career is in transition, or you’re simply no satisfied with your current career, it’s important to put together a plan based on your DNA – your Defined Natural Abilities. You want a career that will make you happy in life. And while stability is important, it’s not the key to that happiness. If you’ve never really liked numbers, don’t think you can make yourself like them by going back to school, getting your accounting degree, and finding a stable job. Trust me, it’s not worth it!

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  • I’m with you David! It is so not worth it to have a job that isn’t an exact match to my skills. Maybe as a bridge to something better or as an interim learning experience, but not for the long haul.

    Stability is important but having a job I consider mind numbingly boring has actually been more stressful. At the top of mind numbingly boring for me would actually be accounting….(it is what it is)

    (No offense meant to all the number crunchers out there!!

  • David says:

    Thanks, Brenda! You’re right – whether it’s accounting, marketing or HR, it’s so important to only do something if it relates to what you’re passionate about first.