My situation: 24 years old. BA and MSc in Accounting and Finance from an average university. Approaching 2 years of work experience in financial services audit with a big 4 firm. Passed CFA Level 1 (and hopefully 2).
At the moment, I’d say I’m earning and saving relatively well. Due for promotion and a raise. I did have to work hard and sacrifice alot to get where I am so I appreciate being able to work especially in the current economic situation.
However, despite all this, I’m not sure if continuing in 2013 is the best use of my time. My work can sometimes get very demanding. During the busy season, I was averaging 10 or 11 hours per day at the office and all I could look forward to when coming home were the CFA Level 2 books. Lately, I’ve been feeling really burnt out / bored / disinterested at work. I have absolutely no social life (I mean that!) and am not known for keeping in touch with friends. This was the cost I was prepared to accept for career progress - but didn’t realize how costly this would be until I actually experienced it.
Now that the workload is less, I’m reconsidering whether this the type of life I really want or if I should try to develop the other areas. What I had in mind was going back to university to learn a language for a year, try to join some societies and get to know people, learn to drive, and generally just take care of all the other areas of life I neglected in the name of professional progress. Some will agree, some will think I’m crazy.
Cons: I would forego some good money. I face the uncertainty of having no job at the end.
Pros: I’m free :) .I can hopefully learn a new language and use that to boost my CV along with the extra curricular activities. I can focus more on the other areas of life, do the things I keep putting off.
Would appreciate if someone with more life experience could comment on my situation. Thanks.