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Pursuing an accounting PhD for the money/I don't know what e [#permalink]
22 Aug 2013, 07:30
So, I'm about to be a junior at University of Miami. I'm an accounting major with a 3.98 GPA. It should be a 4.0, but I got an A- in English. There was some subjectivity going on in the grading process and I don't want to talk about it.
Anyways, the only reason I picked accounting is because I didn't know what else to do and I thought it'd be a gateway to a nice upper-middle-class living. The subject matter is mildly interesting, although I definitely would not study it for fun in my free time. Really, I mainly spend my free time playing video games, working out, etc.
Furthermore, I shadowed an accountant this summer and the job itself seems extremely boring. I'm also concerned that I might get stepped on if I work in a Big 4 accounting firm since the environment seems to be cut-throaty. I'm a very shy, introverted person and quite a bit socially awkward to be honest. I really have no idea why I decided to go into the business school when I'd be much better off doing an engineering/science degree like all the other socially awkward kids, but I digress.
Anyways, since I'm so far into my degree and have good grades, I figured I might as well pursue a PhD and teach accounting. Sure, I don't have a passion in it, but I don't really have a passion in anything else. I might as well earn six figures as an accounting professor instead of ~$50,000 as a staff accountant at a medium sized firm. I also figured a professor role would be a better fit for my introverted personality when compared to the corporate world. Thoughts?
Also, will I be forced to do research for the rest of my life, or can I return to video games once I get tenure?