11 years

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!

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