It’s been more than two years since I got a full-time job and gosh, it does feel like hell having so many responsibilities. Now I can fully admit how precious and unique student-life is. You don’t have to pay bills, worry about stuff and so on. I’ve also learned how important it is that you actually love what you do at your job, the security and most importantly the environment you are performing your daily duties. I’m emphasizing the importance of the environment due to the fact that being in a toxic, unfriendly environment can actually have a really negative impact on you, both on a professional and on a personal level. This is the reason why you need to feel happy and confident every time you reach your office, even though, let’s admit it, we all hate Monday’s, don’t we?
I’ve been through a lot in these two years. Toxic environment, shitty co-workers, almost perfect (current) co-workers, super stressful environment, shitty first job salary, office dramas and so on. All of these in two years. Though, if I’m honest, I kind of knew what I was getting into when I got my first job into a Big4 company and if you ever wondered if it’s actually that shitty to work for a big4 financial consulting company….well, hell yeah it is.
You will be stressed on all levels, you will get the chance to test your limits in a really hardcore way both mentally and physically (if we take in consideration all those stock-counts stories) but the only good thing about this shitty experience is that you get to learn a lot, about people, about financial audit and lots of other stuff. I don’t regret getting into this as a first job but if I would have the chance to do it again, I would probably not. I feel that I’m not crazy enough to do it, you only live once, and goddammit you don’t only live to spend your life buried in balance sheets, invoices and surrounded by the most shittiest people ever.
Switching my career from audit to pricing was a big decision because even though at some point they are a bit related, they are still different. Working with prices can be super creative if you learn how to handle them and with time, you will also learn that prices are not just numbers, they are a big part of everyone’s life and there is that something special about them that can make you fall in love with this job.
Pricing strategies, identifying various opportunities to optimize sales and profitability and working with different price analyses can actually boost your overall knowledge and you will feel way more confident with every challenge that will come into your way. I should also mention that you will also learn a lot of new tricks in Excel with every new report that you need to deliver, and yes, I do feel more comfortable now with using index match formula, or how I call it, the “reversed v-lookup”.
Your job matters because it is a part of who you are, who you want to be and basically you are spending 5 out of 7 days per week, 40 hours out of 168 or 23% of your time at your job. So why you are you doing something that you wouldn’t like to do? You live once, go a do what you like, be confident and don’t mind what others think, we are talking about your time here. Plus, here are some simple yet effective principles that you can follow:
Work for someone who is clever than you are.
Do the work which you would do for free.
Never work for bonuses or pension only.
Leave the company when you stop learning there.