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Re-entry Programs Target Professional Women

In an effort to reach experienced professionals, primarily women who leave their positions for extended periods for personal reasons, and support their return to their careers, business schools and professional firms have initiated programs targeted to their needs. Business schools are offering these programs within their executive education departments, the Wall Street Journal says. Courses at Harvard’s Business School and Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business include updates on finance and accounting, as well as changes in business technology.
Education & Careers

Summer Career Opportunities Prepare Students for Future

For those high school and college graduates wanting to get a jump on their futures, working vacations, internships, or summer career camps may be right up your alley.
Education & Careers

Accounting and Finance Workers Show More Confidence in April

Worker confidence among accounting and finance professionals increased 2.0 points, to 110.8, during April, according to the Hudson Employment Index. This reading is significantly higher than last April’s 103.7 level.
Education & Careers

An Enron Factor at Top Business Schools

The Enron scandal factors in a current report on America’s leading undergraduate business schools as identified in a BusinessWeek survey, and that bane of the accounting profession is also part of the thinking at some of those top schools.Advertisement
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Accounting Scholarships

Scholarships assist in the pursuit of an accounting education. These opportunities are offered by educational and corporate sources. Several of these programs are described below.The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) offers their Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students. Students must be declared accounting majors having a minimum 3.3 GPA. The applicant must have completed 30 credit hours, with at least six in accounting.
Education & Careers

Just for Laughs, Student Poet Wins Laugh Factory Contest

Earlier this month, New York’s Laugh Factory offered a reward for the Funniest IRS Story. Last week, a poem by Michelle Yeterian, a student at Fordham University, was declared the winner.“I wrote a poem and submitted it because I didn’t have the courage to deliver it on stage,” Yeterian told AccountingWEB.
Education & Careers

The Different Dimensions of CMA

During the final stretch of tax season, AccountingWEB had the chance to speak with former Chairperson of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Kim Wallin, regarding the different dimensions of the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. Ms. Kim Wallin, CMA, CFM, CPA, is the principal of public accounting firm D.K.
Education & Careers

Confidence Slips Among Accounting and Finance Professionals

Worker confidence among accounting and finance professionals slipped 4.2 points, to 108.8, during March, according to the Hudson Employment Index. The dip in confidence reflects the fact that nearly a quarter (24 percent) expect their employers to lay off staff in the coming months.
Technology

DeVry University to Offer Accounting Technology Degree

Growing demand for trained accounting professionals has inspired DeVry University, known for career-oriented technology programs, to offer a new associate degree in accounting technology, beginning in May 2006.Advertisement
Education & Careers

Accountants Looking for Jobs Can Afford to be Choosy

Rebecca Fieler is confident that when she completes her internship and her master's degree in accounting, she'll be able to live in the city she wants–Austin–and work in the specialty area she prefers–tax accounting.Advertisement
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Pennsylvania Poised to Join 47 CPA Jurisdictions with 150-Hour Rules

The 150-hour rule, hotly debated a few years ago, is gaining new attention in Pennsylvania where a bill winding its way through the Legislature would place that state with the other 47 CPA jurisdictions that require candidates to complete 150 hours of undergraduate study to qualify for the CPA license.Advertisement
Education & Careers

More Accounting Grads Putting Off CPA Certificates

It has been found that although there are more college students studying accounting by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), there are many accounting graduates that are not pursuing their CPA certificates.
Education & Careers

Accounting Professional Confidence & Hiring Projections Increase Slightly

Confidence among accounting and finance professionals edged up 0.4 percent during February, according to the most recent Hudson Employment Index. Thirty-five percent of those responding to the Hudson survey expected their employers to hire in February, an expectation supported by the results of the latest Robert Half International Hiring Index, which indicates that 5 percent of the chief executive officers (CFOs) surveyed plan to add to their staff, while only 4 percent plan reductions during the second quarter of 2006.
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Four Tests for the Office Red Carpet

Thanks to Sunday night’s Academy Awards show, clothes are again a popular topic around the office break room. Just as they do on the red carpet, women in the workplace often have more flexibility when it comes to what they can wear to the office. More freedom, however, can result in some glaring faux pas.
Education & Careers

Minority High School Students to Explore Accounting Careers in June

Latino/a and African American high school juniors will have an opportunity to explore the accounting profession and the key role accountants play in society, during PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Accounting Careers Leadership Institute program, being held June 18 to 23, at Bryant University in Rhode Island.Advertisement
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Pay Discrimination & Possible Misinterpretations

It might be commonly said that women make only 76 cents for every dollar men make, but this can easily be misinterpreted. This wage-gap ratio is a median measurement capturing earnings for all working men and women who put in at least 35 hours a week on any job.
Education & Careers

Oil Industry & Accountants

With a shortage of accountants specializing in the oil and gas industry, EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. paid $20,000 to partner with the business school at the University of Colorado, at Denver, (UCD) for an oil and gas accounting course. EnCana USA is a subsidiary of Canadian giant EnCana Corporation located in Denver, according to the Denver Business Journal. The company is paying for the books for the course.
Practice Management

A Conversation With...Leslie Murphy

When Leslie Murphy ascended to chairwoman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in October, she pointed to the looming shortage of public accountants as a serious challenge facing the profession.Added pressures stemming from compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act is causing strife and turnover, creating an environment in which one in six CPAs left his or her job in 2004, she said during her inaugural speech.But despite the challenges, Murphy remains upbeat about the future, as more college students are seeking the profession as a career, she told AccountingWEB
Tax

Policing Resume Padding

The state of Washington is considering a bill that would impose a $1,000 fine on those claiming, in writing, to have an academic degree they didn’t possess. Also, failing to disclose that a listed degree came from an unaccredited institution will cause a fine. The bill passed the Washington House last week and now goes to the Senate, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. These degrees are offered to people based on their general life experiences. The bills aim to close legal loopholes concerning “diploma mills” operating within the state and in foreign countries.
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Office Romance

Valentine’s Day is not the end of romance in the office.

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