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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.
Education & Careers

Deloitte brings IFRS to the classroom

Deloitte is addressing the urgent need to bring International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) education into college classrooms. Through the formation of Deloitte's IFRS University Consortium, Deloitte is contributing essential IFRS resources and materials to help prepare and develop future accounting professionals.
Education & Careers

Business students accept the SIFE challenge

The University of Arizona Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was named United States National Champion in the four-year division at the SIFE USA National Exposition competition held in Chicago May 13- 15th. Arizona SIFE team members will represent the USA at the SIFE World Cup in Singapore this October. Blue Ridge Community College was victorious in the two-year division.
Education & Careers

Ernst & Young Academic Resource Center to develop IFRS faculty curriculum

Ernst & Young LLP has announced the formation of the Ernst & Young Academic Resource Center, a new collaboration between the firm's professionals and university faculty.
Education & Careers

Virginia CPAs offer financial tips to college graduates

Graduation, for millions of college students, means it's time to trade in books and binders for bills and budgets. The Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA) provides the following advice to help college graduates become financially independent. Decide whether to move back homeThere are two schools of thought when it comes to moving back in with your parents after college. Some believe that it's best to live independently. Others maintain that by living at home for a year or two and saving money, you can get a head start on a financially secure future.
Education & Careers

DeVry Keller Becker team up to offer five year fast track master's program

Accounting positions rank among the top five open positions in the U.S., according to CNNMoney.com. The employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 18 percent between 2006 and 2016 - a rate faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Education & Careers

Former accounting professor pleads guilty to grand theft

A former assistant professor of accounting at the University of Tampa has pleaded guilty to stealing $120,000 from the American Spaniel Club. She was accused of writing 71 Spaniel Club checks to herself between July 2006 and March 2007 to feed an Internet gambling addiction.Instead of doing jail time, Lippincott, now a part-time accounting professor at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, was sentenced to 15 years' probation.
Education & Careers

Babson College names new dean of faculty

Shahid Ansari, Zwerling Term Chair Professor of Behavioral and Managerial Accounting at Babson College, has been named Dean of Faculty. Ansari is an internationally known scholar in the area of behavioral and cultural aspects of management accounting, strategy, control, and change management. His experience includes teaching, scholarly research, and consulting in this area. He has published numerous papers, monographs, and books.
Education & Careers

Former accounting professor takes helm as president of Eastern Michigan University

The EMU Board of Regents has voted unanimously to name Dr. Susan Martin as the next president of Eastern Michigan University. Martin, 57, is the first woman to be president of EMU and the 22nd president in the history of the University."I am thrilled to be chosen for the honor of leading this great university, which has a strong history of excellent education and a bright future," said Martin."The Board is extremely satisfied with the entire presidential search process and the selection of Dr.
Education & Careers

Case Western Reserve: A day in the life of an accounting student

Name: Valbona BushiSchool: Case Western Reserve UniversityYear: Senior, MAcc student next yearAccounting Experience: Beta Alpha Psi Reporter, VP of Social Events, OSCPA Campus Ambassador, Spring 08 Internship with Ohio-based Cohen & Company CPA firmThe following piece is from a day in my internship journal. We had to keep a journal each week throughout the internship that only the recruiter and our intern buddy were allowed to read.
Technology

It’s for real: Microsoft offers software at 91 percent discount

Listen up college students! Or the parents of college students! Or anyone who knows a college student! Microsoft's The Ultimate Steal promotion, which AccountingWEB reported on last month, has been extended through May 16, giving eligible students a few more days to snap up Office Ultimate 2007 software at an unbelievable 91 percent discount – only $59.95 instead of the full retail cost of $679.
Education & Careers

How to stand out in the workplace: Our top five recommendations

Standing out at work is important. But add a struggling economy with everyone spending more and getting less and suddenly standing out at your workplace becomes essential. Are you just another face at the office or someone who is likely to be tapped for the next promotion? Do you have an accurate picture of how you are regarded?AccountingWEB has researched ways to shine so you can spotlight your talents and polish your presence in the office. In no particular order, here are our top five recommendations:Be Your Own Advocate.
Education & Careers

Job hunting? Seven ways not to get hired

Those looking for their first jobs out of college also must look out for potential career pitfalls. According to Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Job Hunting For Dummies, competition for jobs has intensified, making it even more important for entry-level professionals to put their best foot forward."In today's employment environment, there is less room for error when looking for your first career opportunity," said Messmer.
Education & Careers

AICPA proposes changes to CPA exam, seeks comment

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants released a draft proposal for public comment outlining proposed content updates for the CPA exam. The proposal increases emphasis on ethics and provides more in-depth descriptions of the skills necessary for entry-level CPAs. It proposes including International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) on the exam for the first time. "The CPA Examination tests the knowledge and skills that are relevant for entry-level CPAs. In doing so, the public is protected," said Craig Mills, executive director of examinations for the AICPA.
Education & Careers

Accounting degrees top 36-year high with 64,000 graduates this spring

More than 64,000 students graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting in the 2006-07 school year, according to a new report by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. This is the largest number of graduates in the 36 years the Institute has been tracking this data.The total pool of newly minted accounting talent is 19 percent greater than the one reported in the previous survey, which covered the 2003-04 school year.

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