So early in life and I’m already assessing my self if where I am now is where I really wanted to be. 23 years so far, passed high school without a glitch, cruised around college life, thrived qualifying for a professional license, struggled with work, now here abroad earning my fair share of the greenback as an auditor. I know that where I am now would have been the envy of a lot of guys around my age. But if you ask me if it’s all worth it, the financial stability, the prospect of going no where but up, the bright future that lies ahead, I think not.
I can vividly remember the chat I had with my officemate a few a days back. We were contemplating about what type of work we would opt to be doing. We had a few requirements. For starters, we wanted a job that we would be doing only if we want to. We sighted examples such as being an FX driver, or maybe something that has to do with freelance photography. Next, something that we would be doing because we love doing, again photography popped up, graphic artist maybe and probably pro athlete. Writing also appeared out of the back of my mind, playing music too, as well as doing some sketching. Another requirement we had was that we would have a steady income no matter what. I can only think of one profession that fits the bill, an owner of a “paupahan”.
A few blogs back, I have shared with you the things that I really wanted, such as singing, playing music and composing, and maybe also hinted about how I really love to sketch. But I guess what ever little talent I have would not suffice to be used to earn a living. I guess auditing is what God really made me for. I just hope I realize why he gave me this so called calling.
Like me, more and more Filipinos are leaving the country. Here now, gone tomorrow. Nothing captures the current status of the audit community, now a day, better than these few words. With more and more CPAs and auditors leaving the country, local firms are facing a dire situation of brain drain and under manning. They are starting to resort to external recruitments rather than promoting from within, they are digging deeper and deeper into their pockets in a frantic effort to prevent people from leaving. But to no avail, people still leave for the greener pastures that foreign firms offer. For new and better opportunities local firms cannot offer no matter how hard they try.
I don’t know. Truth is I’m actually not planning to go out of the country, at least not until I have gained my promotion. However, as fate moved its hand upon me, here I am, working abroad, living the dream that auditors back home have been dreaming of. I’m just grateful for the opportunity.
Ok. I started this out whining about the nuances of my current situation. It’s absolutely hard to find the finer points of life when you’re homesick and lonely. But at the end of the day, before I close my eyes, when there’s no one around but God and me, I thank him for bringing me here, for all the opportunities and blessings he has showered me. Every single day I think of any reason why God has made me worthy of all these things. I guess it’s just God’s grace, I don’t deserve to be here, but God made me worthy, thank you Lord for all the blessings. Kalas!