An alum alerted me to this Yahoo post:
Here, Chris Kyle gives a brief career guide for people who hate working with others. Here’s what he has to say about us accountants:
While just about any position will require some amount of face-time with co-workers and clients, accountants find themselves diving into a spreadsheet more often than reaching for a cell phone. With plenty of financial data and tax information to digest, chit-chat time is at a minimum.
I wish this were true. If it weren’t for the large number of other people who I was forced to work with, and who were constantly interrupting my productive work on spreadsheets, I probably would have stayed in Big-6 public accounting, and I’d be making a lot more money right now. There were the audit teams – staff, seniors, managers, partners – a different audit team for every client. There were the clients, who I had to make nice with. The Happy Hours every Thursday night were quite tiresome.
For me, a Big-6 career (now Big-4), with all the socializing and drinking, was too much like fraternity life. I would have preferred to close the door to my office and be alone with my spreadsheets. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the luxury of an office with a door – but rather shared a cubicle with a good friend. Even if I wanted it, I could never get any alone time.