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How do you keep your career from becoming monotonous and repetitive?

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Kristina’s Answer

I would like to add on to a few of the answers, as I am also in public accounting. I work in tax, and the job has never felt monotonous or repetitive to me. Throughout the year, the focus and type of work shifts. Each week, and sometimes each day, has a different flow to it. There are extensive opportunities to work on a variety of clients in different industries, which brings further change. In my experience, it has always been acceptable and encouraged to ask for a more diverse workload if desired. We also have a strong focus on continuous learning and development, and as such we are always evolving the way we work.

With that being said, I see how people outside of public accounting may view tax work as monotonous. This may indicate that other jobs which seem like they could be repetitive might actually be very interesting. I think it is important to look into what the day-to-day life is like in different career paths, and I have offered some suggestions of how to go about doing this below.

Kristina recommends the following next steps:

Research different jobs that you may want to pursue.
Talk to professionals in those jobs. Asking or reading questions on forums like this can be very helpful.
Look into job shadowing opportunities, career fairs, etc. These are often offered through colleges.
Apply for internships.
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Vic’s Answer

So far how I’ve worked to make work less monotonous and boring is by:

1. Getting involved in “extracurriculars”. When projects are boring and less high burn you have more time to get involved in other initiatives which are more aligned to your professional interests

2. Getting involved in communities, a lot of firms have social events going on and getting involved there is a good way to add to your work experience
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Nathan G.’s Answer

I would just add to the prior answers, that you can always move into different roles. Most large companies encourage employees to move around a bit, even if it is lateral. Just because your degree is in accounting, does not necessarily mean you have to stay in accounting. If you have the skill set you could move into Project Management, Procurement, or even Sales.
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So far how I’ve worked to make work less monotonous and boring is by:

1. Getting involved in “extracurriculars”. When projects are boring and less high burn you have more time to get involved in other initiatives which are more aligned to your professional interests

2. Getting involved in communities, a lot of firms have social events going on and getting involved there is a good way to add to your work experience
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So far how I’ve worked to make work less monotonous and boring is by:

1. Getting involved in “extracurriculars”. When projects are boring and less high burn you have more time to get involved in other initiatives which are more aligned to your professional interests

2. Getting involved in communities, a lot of firms have social events going on and getting involved there is a good way to add to your work experience
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So far how I’ve worked to make work less monotonous and boring is by:

1. Getting involved in “extracurriculars”. When projects are boring and less high burn you have more time to get involved in other initiatives which are more aligned to your professional interests

2. Getting involved in communities, a lot of firms have social events going on and getting involved there is a good way to add to your work experience
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Rose’s Answer

I am a CPA, and my career is not monotonous and repetitive. Some reasons are:
-Continuous learning
-Professional networking
-Business process improvement projects
-Updates to organizational structure
-Stretch assignments
-Lateral transfers
-Company changes
-Relocations

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Lauren’s Answer

Hi! I have just been at my role in accounting at a Big 4 for less than a year now, but only being here for a short amount of time, it has not been monotonous at all! Everyday i am faced with a different tasks and never feel lost as I am always receiving the necessary coaching and resources to complete each task.
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So far how I’ve worked to make work less monotonous and boring is by:

1. Getting involved in “extracurriculars”. When projects are boring and less high burn you have more time to get involved in other initiatives which are more aligned to your professional interests

2. Getting involved in communities, a lot of firms have social events going on and getting involved there is a good way to add to your work experience
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Kim’s Answer

I am not in accounting either! I am concerned that you are already looking at your chosen career as a monotonous and repetitive job, although I envision it the same way. I look for "Extra" things to do at work. Sometimes this means training/mentoring the newer workers, or serving on a committee to revise policies and procedures. Perhaps you could participate in "career days" at the local schools. Beyond that, I'm not really sure.


Some people use their jobs as simply a means to make a living, and look for self-fulfillment outside of work in activities like coaching youth teams, etc. A job does not necessarily have to be super-exciting, as long as you like what you are doing. The message bombarding today's youth is that they need to "find a sense of purpose" in their work, and do something in line with their "passion." That's not really true. It might be great to do something like that, but, at the same time, if you turn a hobby into a full-time job, it can quickly take the pleasure out of the hobby.


I encourage you to continue to explore this question. Also, if not accounting, what else would you possibly want to do?

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So far how I’ve worked to make work less monotonous and boring is by:

1. Getting involved in “extracurriculars”. When projects are boring and less high burn you have more time to get involved in other initiatives which are more aligned to your professional interests

2. Getting involved in communities, a lot of firms have social events going on and getting involved there is a good way to add to your work experience
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So far how I’ve worked to make work less monotonous and boring is by:

1. Getting involved in “extracurriculars”. When projects are boring and less high burn you have more time to get involved in other initiatives which are more aligned to your professional interests

2. Getting involved in communities, a lot of firms have social events going on and getting involved there is a good way to add to your work experience
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So far how I’ve worked to make work less monotonous and boring is by:

1. Getting involved in “extracurriculars”. When projects are boring and less high burn you have more time to get involved in other initiatives which are more aligned to your professional interests

2. Getting involved in communities, a lot of firms have social events going on and getting involved there is a good way to add to your work experience
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So far how I’ve worked to make work less monotonous and boring is by:

1. Getting involved in “extracurriculars”. When projects are boring and less high burn you have more time to get involved in other initiatives which are more aligned to your professional interests

2. Getting involved in communities, a lot of firms have social events going on and getting involved there is a good way to add to your work experience
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Robert’s Answer

If you work in a large company, you can always move around to keep learning new skills. In any company and any role, we should always be striving to be in a better place a year from now. That means we should have ideas to improve the business to ensure we get to a better place. If you are coming up with ideas and working on projects to drive improvement then the job will never get repetitive.

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Hally’s Answer

Hi Ayomide,

I work in Public Accounting and my job is never repetitive or monotonous. Each day varies from what business process I'm testing to what client I'm assigned to that day. The nature of working in public accounting, in my opinion, is that you never do the same thing twice. You are continuously given new learning opportunities and responsibilities.

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Joan’s Answer

I'm not in accounting, but I think it's important to be aware about what you want to learn to become better in your career. Is there someone at the company that you admire and want to be like in a couple of years? Is there a new skill you want to learn, or want to spend more time improving? Are there things you really like doing and want to do more of?


If you ever find that you aren't on the right path to make yourself better, 1) talk to your manager to ask for help getting on that path or 2) find a new opportunity that allows that growth.