Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Why I Can’t wait for the Slack Season to End!

First of all, I’d like to apologize for not making a new post for the past 2 months. In fact, I haven’t posted anything for the past two months, not in this blog and not in other sites where I write.

Though I’m pretty sure nobody really missed me here. Not when there’s an interesting topic somewhere in this blog where a lot of people are really giving it their all in terms of their comments (hint: that post already has *gasp* almost 460 comments as of the date of writing of this post).

Okay so it’s now November. Less than two months away from Christmas and two months away from the busy season. Two months away from the end of my not – so – busy season a. k. a. slack season, which is something I am really, really looking forward to.

Hmmm, I can just see some eyebrows rising. I mean who in their right mind would say that they want their slack season to end? Well, I do. Oh don’t get me wrong. I like slack season. This is the time (I think) when overtime is down to a minimum, I get my Saturdays and Sundays back and the pressure is virtually non-existent. But, on the other hand, what we sometimes think is different from what really happen to us and over the years, I started to see that this time is really my worst enemy when I was still in this big accounting firm. Let me tell you why.

First of all, this is the time when I see (and receive) resignations left and right. Resignations abound during the slack season, from the partner (yes, even partners resign) to the staff. I know high turn-over rates is a way of life for accounting firms, but, heck, it’s really quite hard when you see your friends leaving the firm (and you).

Second, these are the months when I have so much time on my hands that I start to think about whether I really want this career or not. I can’t count the number of times when I honestly thought of resigning from the firm and even on embarking on a career that’s different from accounting. The fact that I promptly forget about these thoughts once busy season starts mean that I was not as serious as I thought I was.

Third, the special jobs (Argh!). I mean I’m all set to file for a vacation leave. And then my boss suddenly tells me that one of our clients is going public in August or September or October. Meaning? We have to prepare the comfort letter, prepare the working papers, prepare interim consolidated financial statements and all that stuff during the slack season. So, it’s goodbye vacation for me. And to top it all, I always seemed to be assigned to a special job during this time and it got to the point when I no longer anticipated having a full blown vacation during this supposed – to – be slack season. Oh well.

Fourth, this is the time when you don’t know where the heck you will charge your hours (if you don’t have a special job that is). Chargeable or non-chargeable? Which of my clients can still take my charges? I know, I know, charge based on actual hours and work done but realistically speaking? This is not true all the time. Especially if you’re an audit manager with a much higher rate than the staff and you can see your charges starting to go up and up (and it’s not the busy season yet).

Lastly, this is the time when I get bored with my career, with my life. Yes, B-O-R-E-D. Despite the special jobs, despite the challenge of planning for the next busy season, despite having more time to do other things, I feel restless and bored (there’s that word again) during this time.

So now you see why I’m looking forward to the end of my slack season?


  1. You seriously need to get a life.

  2. holy shit. write a novel or something. just quit waiting around to do extra work.

    busy season isn't a time to feel content about being distracted from whatever isn't making your life happy. it's a time to hate being taken away from whatever does make your life happy.

  3. I just found your blog and I love it. Yes, a huge problem during the slack season is where do I charge my hours??

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