If I were to update my resume, my official job description would look like this: a multi-tasking, number-crunching mom.
I’ve been working for the same employer since I graduated from college 20 years ago, so that would be the only job description to list. I plan on keeping it that way too. I love my job!
There are a few reasons why I find my job so rewarding. First, I work with incredibly wonderful, honest people. Second, I love accounting and numbers. Third, I get to work at home. Sound ideal? It is for me!
I graduated in 1992 from Weber State University with a BS in Accounting. When I started looking for a job, I had been married for just over a year, and I was ready to find a job and to start a family. I did not want to commit myself to a 40+ hour accounting job where I would have to quit or cut back when I had a baby, but I knew a flexible, part-time job would be difficult to find.
I answered an ad in the paper for an administrative assistant with accounting experience. Upon interviewing, the employer was impressed by me. It sounded like the ideal job. It was part-time, flexible, and I could work at home. I just needed to meet with my employer in Salt Lake a few times a month.
I was getting excited until my interviewer went on to say that he was glad I did not have any children so that I could be available to work when and where it was required. I knew by law that I did not have to disclose my plans for a family, but I was honest and explained that I was planning on starting a family very soon. I assumed that I would be immediately dismissed, but a few days later I was offered the job. My boss said he appreciated my honesty and that he would work around children when and if they came. Twenty years and four kids later, I am still working for him. I am now an experienced real estate accountant.
Working at home has been a great experience but it does not come without its challenges. I have learned to be an extremely disciplined self starter. It is easy to let home distractions get in the way of work assignments. I am always surrounded by laundry, dishes, cooking, and cleaning that needs to be done, and that makes it difficult to focus sometimes. Children are, of course, the biggest distraction. I have learned to help with homework, hold a fussy baby, and fix dinner while balancing checkbooks, creating budgets, and taking work phone calls. I have become the supreme multi-tasker. Thanks to a patient boss, it works…most of the time.
For me, my job has always been rewarding, but I have to admit that I have sometimes envied those moms that work outside their homes. It is not easy to be surrounded by your children 24/7…even if you love them to pieces. Going to an office, dressing up, and eating lunch with co-workers sounds very appealing when every day you are trying to work at home and take care of kids. It can be very exhausting. All in all though, I feel like I have the best of both worlds. I can be an accountant and a stay-at-home mom, and some days I don’t even have to get out of my PJ’s!