Why I Left Public Accounting

I spent the first few years of my accounting journey working in public accounting in the area of taxation. I worked countless hours, met amazing people, and developed transferable skills during my years in tax and I would not trade the experience for anything. Although it was a career that was full of promise, I ultimately decided to leave public accounting in the Spring of 2019.

I have spoken briefly on why I decided to leave public accounting in other posts, but never in great detail. Many of my other blog posts speak to the public accounting experience, so I am often asked why I decided to leave public accounting. In today’s post I discuss what lead to my decision to expand my accounting career beyond the public accounting experience.

To be clear, this is based entirely on my own experience and is in no way meant to discourage anyone from pursing a career in public accounting. I strongly believe that getting public accounting experience is something that every accountant will benefit from in ways beyond resume boosting. If you are just getting started in your accounting journey and you are trying to decide which career path makes sense, you should find this video to be insightful.

I speak on work-life balance in this post and the role it played in my decision to leave public accounting. For more on what you can expect from work-life balance in public accounting, check out this previous post.

As always, thank you so much for watching and be sure to let me know if there is something else that you would like for me to cover.

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