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'529 Challenge' offers a year of college tuition as prize

Michigan's 529 plans - the Michigan Education Trust (MET) and the Michigan Education Savings Program (MESP) - are challenging parents to learn about saving for college during September, National College Savings Month.
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KPMG launches Future Diversity Leaders program

As part of its continuing effort to increase and support minority representation in the accounting profession, KPMG LLP, the audit, tax, and advisory firm, has announced the launch of its Future Diversity Leaders (FDL) program, an initiative designed to provide leadership training and financial support for outstanding minority undergraduate business students. Each year, 50 students are chosen for the KPMG's FDL program, which was recently awarded a 2007 "Innovations in Diversity Award" by Profiles in Diversity Magazine.
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Bulking up your resume - what do the firms want to see?

As you get older and gain work experience, the things you did during your college years will become a less-relevant part of your resume, and your experience and accomplishments will take on a higher priority.
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Finding resources to pay for graduate school

For many recent graduates and young professionals, the prospect of paying for the graduate degree they are eager to pursue can be daunting, especially if they incurred large debts as undergraduates. But a surprising number of resources are available to help pay for graduate school education for the student who analyzes the costs carefully and does a thorough search of financial aid options.
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Distance learning: The world of online training for accountants

There was a time, not very long ago, when distance learning for accountants was limited to self-study books, take-home exams, and the occasional closed-circuit broadcast. In fact, the do-it-yourself training was seen by many as a last resort, when all other avenues for getting required training had been exhausted.Today, distance learning has come of age and is providing us with options to study what we want, when we want it, and with whom we want.Take college courses for example.
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Introducing the Student Zone! Back to school with AccountingWEB

AccountingWEB is pleased to present a new area of our web site, the Student Zone, designed with the accounting student and recent graduate in mind. We want our student and recent graduate readers to have a place where they can find news, tools, tips, and resources that will help them with classes, finding jobs and internships, and getting settled into a new workplace.Student Zone will grow and change and become more robust with time.
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Accounting specialists a hot commodity, but generalists in demand too

Graduates with an accounting degree are better poised than most of their peers to land a rewarding, well-paying job, whether they have developed a specialized niche or not.Demand is high and competition is fierce. The U.S. Labor Department predicts that the number of accounting jobs will increase by 18 percent to 26 percent from 2004 to 2014, with some of the growth in finance-related jobs and forensic accounting.
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Killer cover letters - how to get noticed

As you sit down to write your cover letter, do you ever stop and think, “Who the heck is going to read this?” You may believe that just because employers get hundreds of resumes per job posting that they tend to skip the cover letter part. That is simply not true.One Size Doesn’t Fit AllYou’ve written this awesome cover letter and it’s taken you quite a long time to create your masterpiece. You’re tired and spent from all your hard work.
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Yale wins MBA Challenge

Remember the old College Bowl? If you're too young for that, perhaps you remember academic challenges on your high school or college campuses. CNBC News is sponsoring a new kind of contest – the Fast Money MBA Challenge.MBA students from eight of the top 20 business schools, as ranked by U.S.
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AICPA names 2006 Elijah Watt Sells Award winners

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has announced the winners of the 2006 Elijah Watt Sells Awards. The award is presented annually to the 10 candidates earning the highest cumulative scores on the four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination.
Technology

Lights! Camera! Online video is revolutionizing how companies recruit

New Yorkers braved the heat one day last week to take advantage of the opportunity to record free online video resumes, when the world's first career TV-website, CareerTV.com, launched big in Times Square."It felt a bit weird doing it.
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Who's teaching today's kids to balance their bank account?

Summer is almost over and parents should be worried, not about back-to-school shopping, but whether or not their children are learning how to budget, save and invest in their futures. A survey released by Visa showed that only 5 percent of adults learned about the vital life skill of money management in elementary or high school - a surprisingly low number.The Visa survey of 1,000 cardholders also found that less than half of people (48 percent) learned about money management from their parents while 41 percent were self-taught or learned the hard way.
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New online governmental accounting certificate program addresses demand for financial workers

A new online governmental accounting certificate program was developed collaboratively by the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The program was created to address the growing demand and shortage of financial workers.The "demand for accountants has exploded," according to Charles Ingersoll, principal at Korn/Ferry International, a recruiting and staffing firm, in a recent Washington Post article.
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Starting accounting salaries rise 2.3 percent

Employers continue to offer higher starting salaries to new college graduates across many disciplines, according to the Summer 2007 issue of Salary Survey, a quarterly report published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). "This continues the positive trend reported in the Winter and Spring issues of Salary Survey," said Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director. "The increased hiring of new college graduates as reported in the NACE Job Outlook 2007 Spring Update survey is translating into even higher average starting salary offers," she added.
Technology

Brush up your PowerPoint skills for college applications

Launching what might become a national trend, the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business is now requiring new applicants to submit a PowerPoint presentation in addition to the traditional application, transcripts, and test scores.The reason for requiring the PowerPoint slides goes beyond the fact that Microsoft's presentation program is a software standard in boardrooms across America. U of C Associate Dean Rose Martinelli explains that the slide presentation is designed to give students an opportunity to show their creative side to the admissions committee.
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Stretching "Business Casual" to its limits

With the dog days of summer comes a hot-weather interpretation of "business casual" at some offices: midriff-baring tops and mini skirts on women and flip-flops and T-shirts on men.After more than a decade of business casual dress codes at most accounting firms and other companies, employers are starting to wonder how they got to this point.
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Interview techniques: You are what you eat!

Busy professionals often schedule potential new hire interviews during meals because it is the best time to bring people together, but also because the dinner or lunch interview presents an opportunity to evaluate how a candidate handles herself or himself in a social situation. The ability to combine social and business skills is especially important when the position requires entertaining clients or conducting business at meals away from the office.
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Top business schools - does it matter where you attend?

The university a new accounting graduate attended can catch an employer's attention, but it may not guarantee a job offer, according to a new survey. Chief financial officers polled recently were split regarding how much weight the prestige of a candidate's alma mater should be given in hiring decisions.
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House votes to change student aid

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut $19 billion in federal subsidies to student lenders over five years, and increase grants for needy students and cut interest rates in half on federally backed loans with the savings. The bill passed, 273-149, with 47 Republicans joining Democrats. While it appears that President George W. Bush opposes some elements of this bill, it is likely that some overhaul of student aid will become law before the end of the year.
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NSA Scholarship Foundation awards 35 scholarships

Since 1969, the National Society of Accountants (NSA) Scholarship Foundation has provided nearly one million dollars to deserving undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to pursuing a career in accounting, helping to develop more qualified young accountants. This year, 35 students will receive scholarships ranging from $500 - $2,000.

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