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September 22, 2009
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Editor's Note
How's your career going? We'd like to touch on some issues that may impact you, whether you are a student at the beginning of your career or a seasoned managing partner leading the pack. Tips for passing the Exam (always capitalized!), finding ways to work across generations, getting the most from your training - these are some of the issues we are discussing on AccountingWEB this week.

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Gail Perry, CPA
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Passing the CPA Exam: More than just a test
There is an implicit level of respect you receive in earning the CPA designation - not just from the public at large, but also from your fellow CPAs. We may take the other requirements for granted: the years of experience, college course credits, yearly CPE credits, and compliance with other standards, but all of us remember what a CPA had to go through during and in preparation for the Exam.
CFOs expect little change in hiring activity in the fourth quarter
Most financial executives plan to maintain their current accounting and finance staff levels in the fourth quarter, according to the Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index. Eighty-four percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said they will take no hiring actions before the end of the year. Four percent of respondents expect to add full-time employees while 10 percent foresee cutbacks, up from 8 percent who forecast personnel reductions last quarter.
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Future leadership and the case for facilitated dialogues within work teams
I believe facilitated dialogues within work teams are the key solution to achieving change and harmony among the different generations. That is where close and effective bonds can be established and nurtured to eliminate generational disconnects and change debilitating business models. Here are some of the reasons dialogues carried out in a non-threatening environment are necessary.
Blog: Maximizing the Returns on Your Investment in CPE
It's not new news, but the purpose of mandatory continuing professional education (CPE) is to improve the competence of CPAs. By improving the competence of CPAs, standard-setters reasoned, the quality of their services should improve. Sometimes this has proven to be true; sometimes not! Here is the starting point for getting your money's worth from CPE.
Myth debunked: It's not automatic for the MP to be the highest paid
It's logical to assume that the CEOs of Fortune 500 and other large companies would be the highest paid of all people working at the company. After all, they are charged with managing the entire organization and meeting expected profit targets. It seems reasonable that a lifetime spent acquiring the necessary talents, skills, and experience to qualify for the CEO job would warrant being the highest paid.
Reader question on CPA/Career Advice
I have recently started working for a large accounting firm that requires its employees to obtain CPA certification in order to make any kind of progress.... The firm where I work is highly competitive. The majority of the people I have been hired with are already studying for the CPA exam and have completed graduate courses. I feel paralyzed and I'm confused as to where to place my efforts. Thanks in advance to anyone who answers!
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