Education & Careers news November 2008

Education & Careers

KPMG survey of accounting students discloses what students look for in jobs

Accounting students said career opportunities would be their primary consideration when choosing an employer while work/life balance would be their primary concern once they have entered the workforce, according to a recent survey conducted by KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm. In the KPMG survey of 2,026 accounting students nationwide, 43 percent said career opportunities would be their top criteria when choosing an employer, followed by 20 percent who said an employer's reputation and culture. Salary and benefits, at 14 percent, was much lower among factors.
Education & Careers

How to spot a job applicant with critical thinking skills

We've all known or worked with people who are unable or unwilling to solve problems on their own. They're the ones who seek support for the smallest issue. Employees like that may be fine for non-challenging tasks. But in a CPA firm, you need a workforce that can analyze the options, exercise good judgment, and make decisions. In other words, you need employees who can think critically. Unfortunately, this is not a skill that can be taught. So...
Education & Careers

KPMG's virtual World Jobs Fair generates thousands of applications

With more than 20,000 registrants and 40-plus countries participating, the KPMG World Jobs Fair, a 48-hour global virtual recruiting event, more than lived up to its name."It was huge," Lisa Rolston, KPMG associate director for eSourcing strategy and branding for experienced hire recruiting, told AccountingWEB. "It surpassed my expectations."Approximately 9,300 applications were generated during the virtual gathering in September and the company is still reviewing them.
Education & Careers

Career expert offers top 10 strategies for job seekers

There's no question job seekers face a challenging employment environment and must work hard to find new opportunities. To help professionals looking to make their next career move, Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International and author of Job Hunting For Dummies, recently discussed the 10 strategies every would-be employee should follow."In this economic environment, applicants must be resourceful," said Messmer.
Tax

Accounting students learn how to crack the case

Collecting clues, gathering evidence, and following the trail to find criminals has an undeniable appeal, but few college students make any connection between those skills and the skills of an accountant.The IRS has been making a methodical effort to change that misconception by holding mock fraud investigations in colleges and universities around the country.
Education & Careers

Economy not expected to impact hiring of college grads

Employers have revised original hiring projections and now expect their college hiring to stay even with last year's levels, according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).In light of volatile financial markets this past month, NACE recently re-polled employers that had provided hiring projections in August. The result: Compared to their earlier projections, responding employers expect to decrease their hiring levels by 1.6 percent.
Education & Careers

Illinois CPA Society offers scholarships to accounting students

Faced with rising costs and fewer funding sources, college students who are pursuing a degree in accounting and planning to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) can apply to the Illinois CPA Society for scholarships of up to $4,000 to cover tuition, books and fees.
Education & Careers

New generation of workers want technology their way

Millennial generation students and employees (those aged 14 to 27) expect to use their own technology and mobile devices for work and are increasingly choosing their place of employment based on how accommodating companies are to their personal technology preferences, according to a survey released today by Accenture. In addition, more than half (60 percent) of Millennials are either unaware of their companies’ information technology (IT) policies or are not inclined to follow them.The survey, which queried more than 400 U.S.

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