The time has come, the IRS said. It's officially busy season and this season is expected to be full of excitement given the interesting year we had in 2020. Busy season is a time, in public accounting specifically, when both auditors and tax accountants work extremely long hours (yes longer than the long hours worked outside of busy season). It can be normal to feel burned out, depressed, anxious, frustrated, and other waves of emotion during busy season. It does not have to be the worst time ever, though. This is why I am sharing my tips for surviving busy season.
The time has come for career fairs, conferences, mock interviews, and all things job hunting. If you are looking to secure a role in public accounting, you will undoubtedly be asked if you prefer to work in audit or tax. Knowing your preference is going to be very important in this process. Often students will answer "either one is fine", believing this increases their shot at securing a position. This actually does the opposite. When recruiters do not know where to place you, your resume goes into the "nope" folder. The same can be said for office location but we can save general tips for another video. For now, let's focus on deciding between a role in audit or tax.
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.
Oh Hey Busy Season! This is the time of year when most accountants are working crazy hours, sleeping less, and struggling to maintain momentum. While I am no longer in public accounting and don't have a traditional "busy season" per se, I do still have a pretty heavy work load. In today's video I am [...]