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Everything I Always Wished for in My Career

Posted on: November 13, 2016

Last night, a friend from Ernst & Young (EY); my first full time employer, got married. Unlike any other wedding party, I was a little bit nervous on my way to the wedding venue. I was going to meet the people in my first professional job. Even though I only worked for EY less than three years, my short tenures with this Company was still a major contributor in my career achievements.

Working for EY has taught me how to be tough. You may be tired and lack of sleep, but deadline is deadline anyway.

I learned how to be confident and went talking to the clients even though I was just a fresh graduate (read: a newbie).

I also learned how to build a decent working paper, how to solve accounting problem efficiently, and some other survival kits you need to fight on finance and accounting battlefield.

I even still remember some of my seniors’ advice:

  1. Not documented, not done;
  2. Do not let anything pending on you. It has to be pending on someone else, always; and
  3. Fake it until you make it.

And did you know? I would never get my jobs at the two companies after EY if I didn’t have working experience at EY written in my CV.

Resigning from EY was another milestone of my life. I loved the Company, I loved my team, but I just couldn’t stand working as an auditor. I used to tell my teammates this and that about my dream job and then I truly left. I knew, I just knew, auditing was not made for me.

It’s been more than five years since I left EY and almost everyone in my former audit team have left EY as well. And then last night, I met them again. I only stayed in touch with a few of them and it was really nice to meet many familiar faces from the past again!

Most of my friends came to the party with their spouses and kids, of course. Intimidating? Apparently not! None of them asked me when I would get married, and nearly all of them asked me about my career instead. We talked about how I liked my current job, my bosses who really trust me to run the Company, and the most discussed topic was about my business trips (they know how much I love traveling). Last night, the more I realized… I’ve got everything I always wished for in my career.

Finding in a dream job is pretty much the same in finding myself. I’ve got to try everything the Company can offer to me, the ups and downs, learn from the mistakes and restart from the scratch again. And then when I find “the one”, it does really make my life feel complete. I know what I want, what I’d love to do more, I know where to keep up and where to improve myself.

People says that I’m already good at my job, but the truth is, I’m still learning. I still have a lot of flaws that I’ve got to work on. Having said that, it’s still nice to know that I’m already on the very right track. It’s nice to know that I left EY for something better; for a brighter future, for a path toward my dream job. Insyaallah! 🙂

Staying or leaving your current job, either way is okay, as long as you know that you would do awesome in whichever decision you make.


4 Responses to "Everything I Always Wished for in My Career"

ah Mbak Riffa, you’re trully inspiring me, hopefully I also will left my audit company soon and reaching my dreams at my new company. May Allah always bless you, Mbak 😊

Hi Dariel,

Thanks! Just do your best and Allah will do the rest! Best of luck!

Dear Mba Riffa,

Perkenalkan saya Rikha dan sangat terinspirasi dengan tulisan Mba Riffa ini. Bolehkah saya minta kontaknya untuk tanya2 soal EY? Atau jika tidak keberatan Mba boleh add line saya rikhaaparanti/085200983833 (whatsapp)

Hi Rikha,

Untuk tanya jawab, bisa langsung di blog ini saja kok. Saya udah cukup sering jawab pertanyaan dari blog readers lainnya di sini.

Apa yang bisa saya bantu?

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Life took me to many unimaginable people. The super kind, the selfless, the brave men, and of course, the mean and rude people, cheaters, liars, hypocrites, extremely arrogant, and all other qualities that got me thinking, “I never thought such people like these do exist!”
But I’ve also come to learn that sometimes, there is a bright side of the darkest people I know. They’re not always good, but they’re not always bad either.
At the end of the day, it helps me to define the people I can bear and the people I can’t stand. And most importantly, it helps me to decide the person I would like to become. I’m not a funny person. I’m not good at mingle with random people. I’m fierce, I’m a straight-talker, I get annoyed easily, and I have this resting b face that makes me look angry all the times. I’m not that kind of person whom people would miss when I’m not around.
But you know what?
I’m okay with all that flaws I have in me. Nobody is perfect, and neither am I. At the same time; everyone on earth is special, and so am I.
I know my worth. I know what I’m very good at. I know what I want and I work hard to make it happen. I’m a go getter and I fight my battles. I’m not an angel, but I’m not a devil either.
I was born to be the very best of myself, and just because I don’t always have what others have, it doens’t make me less as a person inside out. I’m whole just the way I am, and I’m beyond grateful of all that. I know that my career has been a bit of trouble for my personal life. I admit that it feels like a loss to me sometimes, but you know what? I don’t feel sorry about all that, not a even just a little bit.
My career has given me a comfort bed to sleep, taken me to the places I’ve never seen, brought me to the incredible people who end up as my best friends, and most importantly, it has really made my parents proud. I can sleep tight at night knowing that at least, I can support my parents after their retirements.
The way I see it, there’s nothing bad about all that, so why should anybody in my position feel sorry and less proud about their own hard works?
Don’t let anybody make you feel less than who you are. Make yourself and your loved ones proud, and for me, the rest doesn’t matter at all.
Be great, women! Whatever you choose to do for your own life, be great at it and don’t feel sorry for anything good in your life! Happy International Women’s day and stay awesome!

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