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Prospects in accounting versus civil engineering

Question :

Is this really true, I have read many terrible comments about the long working hours and low salary for accountants in various discuss forums? How do you compare the career prospect for a civil engineer against an accountant in HK in the coming 10 to 20 years?


Posted by Nicole on Thursday, 29 Nov 2012

Comments :

Sidney Yuen - Career Doctor

Posted Friday 28th December 2012 07:44:00 PM


Dear Nicole When I read your question, I am not sure what you are looking for in your career aspiration. Despite which profession, there is no short cut to success, I had worked for a BIG FOUR firm, and some worked long hours and some didn’t, it is an irrelevant point if you relate to working as part of learning and fun and contribution. Just image that you have a pet project that you like very much, I am sure that you will work long hours and to ensure that the outcomes are going to be successful and you will be recognized for such a success. The future work environment is becoming more project oriented, and every project has a deadline to meet. Very often, projects don’t go smoothly because of certain uncontrollable factors. Therefore, project members need to be flexible and to treat a job as a “9 to 5” is rare and unreal nowadays. I assume that you have both qualifications as an accountant and a civil engineer. Then you need to answer this question; “what is it that you are looking for would give you satisfaction and fulfillment?” Maybe it ends up that being an accountant or a civil engineer is not really what you want. I have known many friends who have entered into a career that is not related to what they studied at university. I have an electronic engineering degree, yet, I have not been an engineer since I graduated 30 years ago. Nicole, I had found this quote and thought it to be very profound. Over the years I seem to have forgotten about it and only when I answered your question I came across it again “The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” I wish you all the best to find a career that you enjoy even if you have to work late every day.

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