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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.
Community News

KPMG presents first place and $25,000 to University of Virginia team

KPMG PRESENTS FIRST PLACE AND $25,000 TO UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA TEAM IN SECOND ANNUAL STUDENT AUDITING COMPETITION University of California – Santa Barbara, Bentley College Collect $15,000 and $10,000 for Second and Third Place WinsNEW YORK, April 22 – KPMG, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, today announced that a team of four students from the University of Virginia has won KPMG’s national audit case competition for the second year in a row. For its win, the accounting department of the University of Virginia received $25,000 and each student team member $3,000.
Education & Careers

Becker Professional Review announces national scholarship winners

Becker Professional Review, a subsidiary of DeVry Inc., announced that it has selected 50 deserving students for its Scholarships for Success program. Each of the selected winners will receive a Becker CPA Review scholarship to prepare for the CPA Exam.
Education & Careers

Certifications add value to the job search

By Paul A. Sharman, ACMA president & CEO, Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)With today's uncertain economy and recent massive employee layoffs at large corporations such as Yahoo! and Ford, it's important now more than ever that job seekers do as much as possible to stand out from other applicants in this increasingly competitive marketplace. It is especially important for accounting and finance professionals to be equipped to comply with the new regulations imposed by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, following the corporate fallouts at places such as Enron and WorldCom.
Education & Careers

College job market to become more competitive

The job market for this year's college graduates is inspiring stiff competition, as employers slow their hiring pace amidst economic uncertainty. Fifty-eight percent of employers plan to hire recent college graduates in 2008, down from 79 percent in 2007. Of those hiring, however, 24 percent expect to hire more recent college graduates in 2008 compared to 2007 and 39 percent plan to increase starting salaries.
Education & Careers

Passing the CPA exam on the first try: Top colleges are ranked

Kansas is known for its bumper crops but who knew they were growing accountants? At Kansas University's School of Business, 72 percent of students without advanced degrees passed the CPA exam on the first try, which is much higher than the average considering most people take the exam more than once.Kansas's Lawrence Journal-World reported that of the 69,259 candidates who took at least one portion of the exam in 2007, only 21,893 were taking it for the first time.
Education & Careers

Financial literacy program launches at Hilbert College

Building good financial habits and steps to avoid piling up debt will be the focus of a new financial literacy program expected to kick off this fall for Hamburg, NY-based Hilbert College students. The program will be funded by a three-year $750 AIG Credit Counseling Challenge Grant awarded to the Hilbert Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization. Hilbert is among 120 SIFE teams across the country selected to receive the grant to run education sessions on credit issues.
A&A

Seven ways to avoid becoming a bad boss

By Bruce L. Katcher, Ph.D. President, Discovery Surveys, Inc.Most employees experience a bad boss at least once in their career. Many feel they have never really had a good boss. Insensitivity, failure to communicate, and a lack of fairness are the hallmarks of poor supervision.Why is it that good supervisors are hard to find?Supervising is Not Easy Handling the complex issues of motivating employees and solving job and people-related problems is very difficult. Few are capable of handling these responsibilities well.
Education & Careers

AICPA Foundation to award $400,000 to diverse accounting students

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) is the national, professional organization for all Certified Public Accountants. As a leader in fostering diversity in the workforce, the AICPA provides the Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students to outstanding accounting students with ethnic minority backgrounds and with significant potential to become CPAs. For the 2007 – 2008 academic year, 137 accounting scholars of ethnically diverse backgrounds were selected as recipients of this prestigious award.
Education & Careers

Microsoft offers Office Ultimate 2007 to students at steep discount

Microsoft's The Ultimate Steal promotion is offering eligible students Office Ultimate 2007 software for purchase at $59.95 though the end of April. Students are also offered free access to the software for 25 launches before purchase. The full retail cost for Office Ultimate 2007 is $679.Students with a valid e-mail address ending in edu who are enrolled in a U.S.
Education & Careers

Top SDSU accountancy grad to serve in prestigious national standards program

The School of Accountancy at San Diego State University has announced that Vita Martin has been selected by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to serve in their prestigious postgraduate technical assistant (PTA) program. Out of hundreds of nominations submitted, Martin is one of only five postgraduate students in the U.S.
Tax

Accounting students earn course credit through VITA participation

Taxpayers from low income families, military families, and the elderly throughout the country are getting help with their federal and state income tax returns at the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, many of which are staffed by student volunteers from accounting and business programs at nearby colleges and universities. For some accounting student volunteers, participation in VITA is considered a part of their academic learning as well as a unique service learning opportunity.
Education & Careers

Beta Alpha Psi launches national case competition

Beta Alpha Psi, the national honorary fraternity for accounting, IT, and finance students, has launched a new national competition for its members. Project Run With It, a case competition that combines academic and real life elements, was designed to allow BAP members in all three majors from potentially 60 different chapters to develop solutions to financial and technological problems of actual not-for-profit (NFP) agencies.
Education & Careers

Financial security is most important issue to Gen Y

What career issues keep Generation Y professionals awake at night? When asked to name their chief career concern, one-third (33 percent) of Gen Y workers polled cited compensation and benefits issues. The second most common response was finding and keeping a job, provided by 26 percent of those surveyed; career satisfaction ranked third, named by 23 percent of respondents.The survey, commissioned by Robert Half International and Yahoo!
Technology

Microsoft gives students access to technical software at no charge

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates today will unveil a software giveaway that will ultimately provide millions of college and high school students around the world with access to the latest Microsoft developer and designer tools at no charge to unlock their creative potential and set them on the path to academic and career success.The Microsoft DreamSpark student program makes available, at no charge, a broad range of development and design software for download.

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