Education & Careers news June 2008

Education & Careers

Career Exposure network shares tips for job seekers in a tight market

A tight employment market is creating new demands on job seekers according to The Career Exposure Network, a source of niche job sites for women, diversity, and MBAs."With more candidates applying for each open position, standing apart from the competition is increasingly critical to getting the offer letter," stated JillXan Donnelly of CareerExposure.com. "The rules for job seeking are changing and candidates need to switch up their game to make new connections and learn new skills that will get them noticed." To this end, Career Exposure offers the latest tips to getting noticed.
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KPMG named top accounting firm for diverse graduates

Diversity Edge magazine announced its 2008 list of The Best Companies for Diverse Graduates. This listing recognizes companies that have shown leadership in recruiting, retaining, and advancing the careers of diverse professionals. "We looked for unique companies that provide a good entry level foundation for professionals who have recently graduated from college or graduate school," said Kizzie Bozeman Brown, Editor in Chief of Diversity Edge.
Education & Careers

E&Y takes top spot on favorite employer list

Ernst & Young LLP moved into the number one spot on Universum USA's 2008 survey of IDEAL employers for undergraduate business students and jumped eight positions to number four among all undergraduate students. The survey, the largest of its kind in the U.S., included responses of more than 40,000 college students.Ernst & Young rose up the undergraduate business student ranks this year from number three in 2007 to number one in 2008, surpassing Google and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Education & Careers

Rochester, NY high school students get introduction to accounting careers

The College at Brockport, in partnership with The Foundation for Accounting Education of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), is offering the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) program to about 30 area minority high school juniors, June 29 through July 2, on The College at Brockport campus.
Education & Careers

10 lessons I learned as a new hire

By Christopher Lindberg The cap and gown are put away. You've spent the last 17 years or so of your life in a classroom: grammar school, middle school, high school, college. As a new hire in the accounting profession, there is no longer a traditional teacher, a traditional classroom, and a traditional way of learning. Everything you will learn henceforth professionally will come from multiple sources, and you need to decipher these varying sources to become successful.
Education & Careers

KPMG internship program includes international travel, community service

KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, has kicked off its summer internship program for over 1,500 student interns from across the country with a week-long training event in Anaheim, CA. The training program includes technical, leadership, networking and community service components.
Education & Careers

New scholarship memorializes Virginia Tech victims

The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Austin M. Cloyd and Matthew G. Gwaltney Doctoral Scholarship Fund, designed to honor the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting tragedy in 2007. This new scholarship provides needed financial support to students pursuing a doctoral degree in accounting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).Two Virginia families in the CPA community were profoundly impacted by the tragic events at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.
Education & Careers

New guide to financial profession provides insights for students

A new guide for students and young professionals interested in the financial profession features a foreword by Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP) President James J. Tyrpak, CLU, ChFC, AEP, MSFS. View from the Top: Advice from Finance Professionals is the latest addition to the Vault Career Library. In his introduction, Tyrpak explains that financial professionals help make dreams come true by converting visions into spreadsheets, portfolios and insurance policies.
Education & Careers

Despite new law, students will scramble to find college loans

In an effort to head off a potential crisis in the availability of student loans, a new law is designed so that students and families continue to have access to funds available through federally backed student loan programs. The Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008, which President Bush signed into law May 7, allows the federal government to buy loans from lenders and bolster a program that helps low-income students finance college.
Education & Careers

Graduating to a full-time position and the CPA exam

By Ryan Saum, Lerch, Vinci & Higgins, LLP Graduating college with a degree in accounting, or any degree for that matter, is certainly an accomplishment to be proud of. Not wanting to burst your balloon, though, it's important to understand that four or five years at school is one thing, but the rigors of transitioning from the classroom to a full-time job and studying for the CPA exam are quite another. After graduation, many students take time for personal pursuits such as travel. That is all well and good - and no doubt deserved.
Education & Careers

Business and accounting students lend helping hand to music venue

A Manchester College business class is setting its students on the path of corporate philanthropy even before they enter the real business world. On May 14, in the middle of finals, students in BUS-474 Case Studies in Business suited up to present the profits of their mock corporation to a local youth hangout very much in need.On May 14, CHET Outfitters presented a check for more than $1,600 to The Firehouse, a free music venue for area youth that has hosted indie rock bands and local garage bands.
Community News

PricewaterhouseCoopers and students help community

Last month, a unique partnership came together to make a difference in a park in Binghamton, NY.
Community News

EY Poll: Students Pick Challenging Jobs Over Fame or Fortune

A poll of nearly 800 college and university students conducted by Ernst & Young shows many students are confident about their financial prospects despite the shaky economy, and most value the ability to grow and learn in their jobs more than the opportunity to gain fame or fortune. Highlights of the results:81% of the students expect to be better off than their parents, and 59% expect to become millionaires in their lifetime. For most students, the No.
Education & Careers

Accounting school receives $10 million donation

San Diego State University has received a $10 million gift to name the university's nationally recognized school of accountancy the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy. The gift, among the largest in university history, was made by Gertrude Lamden in honor of her late husband who was instrumental in launching SDSU's College of Business Administration."The naming of the School of Accountancy is transformational for San Diego State," said SDSU President Stephen L. Weber.
Education & Careers

Don't let your online community turn off an employer

By Jeff Kaplan, University of Pittsburgh Everywhere you look, a new online community seems to be taking the world by storm. As these online communities ingrain themselves in our lives, so, too, does the complexity of how they can affect us professionally. Online communities can be amazing tools to help us connect with our friends and family and express ourselves in ways never before possible. However, online communities do have a darker side, and they sometimes derail even the most promising employment opportunities.

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