Am just emerging from my first busy season in public accounting, and the thought of ever doing that again is horrifying.
I feel like I'd be happy with a less intense career path. I don't want to be a CFO or Controller or anything like that, I just want to make enough money to live comfortably. I feel like I'm in way over my head in public accounting, and that maybe the type of job I'm looking for (reasonable hours and job stability with mediocre pay) would be an accounting position with a state or local government. Idk, I feel like I don't know what I want to do, but the stress and hours of public is probably not it, and any jump into private will probably still have quite a bit of stress and a possibility of bad hours.
Can anybody shed some light on what working a government accounting job is like? And if I wanted to do this, would it be worth my while to stay in public another year or so before trying to switch (ie is it the same as jumping to private, where the more public experience the better)? Or have I completely lost all of my marbles due to post-busy season traumatic stress disorder?