When I first came out of university, I worked for a non-profit organization for 9 months before I was laid off. I was out of a job, and I was desperate for money to pay rent. I applied for jobs everywhere, sending resume after resume to any accounting job that might take me, and calling recruiters who weren’t all that interested in a fresh grad. I looked at job postings with the Big 4 accounting firms, and dreamed of maybe one day working for one of them.
One day I got a call from the HR department of one of the Big 4 accounting firms, asking if I would come in for an interview for a job I applied for. I couldn’t believe they even considered talking to me. After 4 rounds of interviews, they actually offered me an entry level position job. I was ecstatic. I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
That was 11 years ago.
I have learned so much in the past 11 years. It is incredible to look back and see the people I have met, relationships I have built, and the growth I have experienced. I am full of gratitude for the opportunities I have had there.
Last week, I was offered a new job from a smaller accounting firm. I thought it would be an interesting challenge, so I accepted the offer.
Earlier this week, I handed in my resignation. Today, I packed up my laptop for the last time. I handed in my cell phone, security card, and parking pass. I walked out, no longer an employee of the Big 4 I dreamed of working for. It was all very surreal, and all very emotional. It feels like I am “leaving home”, where it is safe and familiar.
I am definitely looking forward to the new job. For now, we are packing this weekend, because we are celebrating this new start with a trip to Hawaii!