Education & Careers news January 2012

AccountingWEB Life

Get More Done by Doing Less

There's no denying that technology enhances workflow and improves efficiencies. But for some professionals, too much of a good thing is becoming a burdensome distraction. Most of us are just trying to do too much and not getting enough done.
Education & Careers

2011 Accounting Graduates Earning Average Salaries of $50,000

Accounting grads in 2011, earned starting salaries that exceeded those in nearly every other field except engineering and computer science. Overall, the average salary was $41,701, but accounting majors earned an average of $50,500, which is up 3.7 percent from 2010, according to the 2012 NACE survey.
Tax

Teaching How to Cheat

Concerns about cheating in school are nothing new, but they usually don't include teachers. The widespread scandals of teachers cheating on standardized tests provide the wrong ethical guidance to those who will later staff and lead business organizations.
AccountingWEB Life

The Accountant Is In

Sometimes when I pass a small local business, I'll see a sign on the door that reads something like, "Gone for Lunch, Be Back at 1" or "On Vacation, Will Return Monday." It must be nice to dictate your own schedule and not be tied to your office working around the clock.
Education & Careers

Calling All Future CPAs! AICPA's 'Start Here, Go Places' Website

When the AICPA decided to enhance its Start Here, Go Places website – a platform for high school and community college students interested in exploring a career in accounting – they didn't hire an outside web consulting firm or float the idea in a marketing team meeting. They took it right to the source.
AccountingWEB Life

How CPAs Juggle Distractions to Focus on Work

An endless flow of e-mails, chatty coworkers, unexpected clients knocking on your door, and phones that never stop ringing – sound all too familiar? If so, you're not alone. The real question is – how do you stay focused amid the chaos?
AccountingWEB Life

Karen Goodfriend Receives AICPA's 2011 PFP Distinguished Service Award

On January 17, the AICPA recognized Karen Goodfriend's long history of service when it named her the recipient of its 2011 Personal Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award. The award is given annually to an AICPA volunteer who significantly contributes to the advancement of personal financial planning.
AccountingWEB Life

Cluttered Desk, Cluttered Mind

A cluttered desk is not a sign of genius. It's a big flashing indicator of messiness. "Desk space is the highest value real estate in your office and should not be used as a storage station," says Paul Burton, who frequently speaks to accountants and lawyers about the productivity challenges they face.
Community News

The GSCPA Graduates the Ninth Class from Its Leadership Academy

The Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA) recently sponsored and completed its ninth Leadership Academy class, graduating twenty new CPA leaders into the community.
Education & Careers

It's a New Year – Time to Jumpstart Your Career!

Make 2012 the year you take steps – even if they're baby steps – to boost your career! We've put together ten ideas for you to consider.