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This could be an over generalization, but I think many people in our generation have a romantic vision of life in the working world, especially the corporate world. they think from day one they are going to have an impact, work on interesting and fascinating projects, and find some type of intrinsic satisfaction in the work they do. the truth is, whether you are in big 4 pubic accounting, banking, consulting, etc, your job is going to be relatively mindless, repetitive, and dull.
You specifically use buzzwords like analysis, creativity, and forward thinking. again, the truth is, in big corporations with thousands and thousands of employees, there is a small group of executives who are steering the direction of the company, making important strategic decisions, and actually having an impact on operations. everyone else is pretty much a cog contributing their little part to make sure the machine functions effectively. you show up, you do your work, you collect your pay, and you get to live comfortably as a result.
I do hear you though. I felt the same way early on, but after several years i came to the above realization. face it, you sold out. almost everyone on this site did. you could have taken an interesting job where you help people, make a difference, etc, but you didn't do that. you chose to pursue a stable career where you can make very good money. it just takes time. everyone wants the money, power, respect right off the bat, but that's not reality.
Would you be happier in industry or in a different public service line?Ii doubt it. it's all the same crap. but it's not all doom and gloom. compared to your peers, you are in a great spot. just put in your time. recognize the first 5-10 years of your career you are going to be a minion like the rest of us, and try to enjoy life outside of work.