I think I was in your shoes a few months ago. I am also 23, college educated, and I have a great job. I graduated last December and got my current job a month later. I work in IT (but in a sort of unusual role).
I understand the wanting to have 'purpose' in your job ( I was a psychology major, so I wanted to help people in my work), but I am glad that I stuck with my current job. It took me a while to realize that I had a good thing and that your job doesn't have to have fulfill you in that way (Hobbies or volunteering can do the same thing). Also, for me, adjusting to working full time was really difficult.
So, I guess my advice is try to stick it out (like you planned) and see how you feel then. If you aren't happy then maybe a career change would be a good idea.
I apologize if this post is kind of rambly - I haven't finished my coffee yet.
There are a lot of people out there like you, and how you handle it is based on what you want out of life.
I got lucky, the job I am in right now, though not exactly what I wanted, is turning into the job I was hopping for. The question I would have is, What exactly made you want to go into Finance in the first place? Was it just the job security or do you have any active interest in the actual field?
It's easier to get a job when you already have one. So it would be unwise to just quit. Explore while you're getting that paycheck. Good luck!
You are still very fresh out of school so you are still expecting things to happen on the semester scale and now that you are in the real world you are having problems with the fact that you have never really had to exist not on the semester plan.
I strongly suggest you start looking for hobbies and things outside of work.
I'm 23 and I've had similar thoughts. I quit my job a year and a half ago because, like you, I just didn't like being stuck in an office all day. I was offered a part-time position, which has helped, but I've been trying to find full-time employment ever since. Keep in mind that the economy is still terrible, and you are lucky to have a job. Do what others suggested and try to find fulfillment outside of work and/or find something else WHILE working at your current position.
I think many people have been in that position. Myself included.
If you don't want your education to go to waste and you want something that feels like a higher purpose, maybe you could consider forensic accounting. Simply put, they're the people that study suspected criminals records to look for foul play. Yeah, its still accounting, with a little detective work thrown in.
Just a thought.
I was just going to suggest that. In addition, with your degree, you can apply for the FBI as a special agent, and yes, accounting degree should help.
These days the FBI is looking for accountants and MBA holders for special agents as opposed to Criminal Justice degrees.
The FBI requires new Special Agent recruits to have "at least three years of professional work experience." That's right there on their web site.
BTW, gentlemen, it's Special Agent (since it's an official job title).
They're also looking for attorneys. You can substitute advanced/professional degrees or military service for work experience in some cases.
I went through some of the FBI Special Agent selection process before withdrawing because my wife got pregnant.
Although most of the slots that don't require the "professional time in grade" aren't for Special Agents these days.
Historically, starting when Hoover got appointed in 1924, the FBI has seriously looked for Accountants (preferably CPAs) and Attorneys for the Special Agent ranks.
thank you for the correction.