Education & Careers news July 2010

Community News

KPMG Foundation awards $470,000 in scholarships

The KPMG Foundation this week announced it has awarded a total of $470,000 in scholarships to 47 minority accounting doctoral students for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Education & Careers

Online MSA programs allow students flexibility to earn degree

The flexibility of taking classes remotely - whether at home or in a hotel room - has both prospective accountants and CPAs turning to the Internet to complete their master of science degree in accounting (MSA).
A&A

Survey: Consulting work enables CFOs to stay active

They may be ready to hand over the keys to the company car, but chief financial officers aren’t ready to hit the golf course full time. For this segment of the workforce, a career in consulting holds some appeal.
A&A

Illinois CPA Society’s Midwest Accounting & Finance Showcase Aug. 24-25

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Illinois CPA Society’s event for business and finance professionals, the Midwest Accounting & Finance Showcase. The showcase is being held August 24-25, in Rosemont, Illinois.
Education & Careers

Is a college education worth the money?

Rising tuition and an uncertain economy have Americans rethinking the value of a college education. The number of recently-surveyed Americans who think college is a good financial investment plunged to 64 percent, down 16 points from last year and 17 points from 2008.
Practice

Worker confidence reaches highest level in more than two years

The Accounting and Finance Employee Confidence Index increased 2.7 points to 53.3 in the second quarter of 2010, according to a recent survey.
Practice

A foot in the door: Identifying myths, realities behind temporary work

Temporary work remains a bright spot in the current job market, but many people might think that project assignments aren't available in their industry or at their experience level.
Practice

Networking is making your own luck

Networking is not about finding somebody who is going to take time and interest to promote your career. That's a friend or a mentor, but they are few and far between. Networking is about serendipity: making your own luck.
Practice

Study: Recession affects workers of all generations

Workers of all ages have a new appreciation for company stability when making career decisions, according to a study recently released by Robert Half International.
Practice

AccountingWEB LIVE! Conference to offer engaging sessions, CPE credit

AccountingWEB, the leading online media company for accountants, will be presenting the AccountingWEB LIVE! Conference on Tuesday, September 14, at the BWI Airport Marriott in Baltimore.
AccountingWEB Life

How to use social media to find your next role

Social media is a great way to increase your profile and get recognized. Here are seven top tips to use social media to help you find your next job.
A&A

Finance execs: Many candidates lack critical thinking, problem solving abilities

Skill sets beyond technical knowledge are critical when it comes to employing experienced accounting professionals most effectively, according to a recent report by Grant Thornton LLP.
Community News

PCAOB names Old Dominion University Professor Michael Stein as academic fellow

Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Acting Chairman Daniel L. Goelzer recently announced that Professor Michael Stein has been named as PCAOB's inaugural Academic Fellow.
Practice Development

AICPA offers white paper to help CPAs, financial pros obtain federal training grants

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants has published a free white paper to help CPAs and financial professionals understand and locate federal economic stimulus grants for training and specialized certifications.
A&A

AICPA educates CPA firms, professors on forensic accounting

As forensic accounting gains a higher profile, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is working to expand the profession’s role in the field by educating CPA firms and college professors about the skills required.
A&A

CPE mid-year 2010 update: Rules, regulations, trends

Mid-year 2010 has arrived and accountants in approximately half the jurisdictions in the United States are facing compliance deadlines. Tax time is well behind us and crunch time for compliance is here.