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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.
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.
Education & Careers

Accounting internships: Where to find the jobs

If you're one of the many college accounting students who is hoping to land an internship this summer, you might be wondering where to start. Internships, like the firms that offer them, come in different packages. There are jobs at the Big Four, regional firms, and small firms. Some internships are paid and some are not. Some are full-time, some are part-time. Some are in your home town, some require relocation.
Education & Careers

Destination CPA or bust

By John M. Sharbaugh, CAEI don't have to tell many of you that there's a staffing crisis facing the accounting profession. Those of you using want ads and placement firms are all too familiar with the dire shortage of accounting professionals. The 2007 American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Private Company Practice Section's Top Management of an Accounting Practice Issues Survey, like other similar surveys, found staffing needs were the most prevalent concern for CPA firms.
Education & Careers

Student loans to be impacted by subprime lending crisis

Lenders that process federal Stafford loans and PLUS loans as well as private loan companies are expected to require students borrowing for the first time this spring semester to have higher credit scores, and may impose other changes to their policies, CNNMoney.com reports.
Education & Careers

Student-run investment fund outperforms S&P 500

The Madison Investment Fund (MIF) works out of a 10 x 12 foot office in Zane Showker Hall on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Unlike most business schools in the country, they don't have a Bloomberg terminal, a computer system that can monitor and analyze financial data in real-time. Last year the Madison Investment Fund outperformed the S&P 500.
Education & Careers

Former FBI agent joins accounting faculty

Don Berecz joined the faculty at Georgia Southern University in 2007, after 23 years of government service with the FBI. Berecz will serve as the first director of the University's Center for Fraud and Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business.Mr. Berecz, a licensed polygraph examiner, is a CPA and CFE. He belongs to numerous professional organizations to include the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the American Association of Police Polygraphists.
Education & Careers

Registration open for FBLA Virtual Business Challenge

Student registration is open for the Future Business Leaders Of America Virtual Business Challenge.The FBLA Virtual Business Challenge (VBC) is an official Future Busines Leaders of America (FBLA) competitive event sponsored by Knowledge Matters and FBLA. FBLA members use highly visual simulation software to manage a distribution center. Participants utilize a competition version of the Virtual Business – Management 2.0 software simulation to participate in this competition. All of the qualifying rounds for this event take place via the Internet on the Knowledge Matters, Inc. Web site.
Education & Careers

First year experience - Life in the Big Four, by Anita Chan

Anita Chan joined KPMG last year upon graduating from a five-year master's program (in four years) at the University of Southern California. Anita is now an audit associate in KPMG's Los Angeles office.When I graduated from the University of Southern California about a year and a half ago, there were many things that I couldn't have predicted about my current position as a second-year associate in KPMG's audit practice. On the other hand, much of my experience has been just as advertised. There is the frequent misconception that accounting is just about crunching numbers.
Technology

"Accounting Chicks" win $100,000 Minnesota raffle

Four Minnesota accountants, calling themselves the "Accounting Chicks," teamed up to purchase Minnesota Millionaire Raffle tickets and ended up winning $100,000 in the lottery.Lacey Amundsen of Brooklyn Center, Laurie Burbank of Columbia Heights, Deb Connell of Andover, and Lora Pyka of Fridley, work together at a Minnesota Credit Union. This isn't the first time they have joined forces to invest in lottery tickets, but it is their first win.The Minnesota Millionaire Raffle Game launched on October 30, 2007 with only 500,000 tickets available for purchase.
Education & Careers

Students are reminded to prepare FAFSA in January

January 1 is the first day that students planning to attend college next fall may submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and begin the financial aid application process.
Education & Careers

It's final exams time - check out these last minute tips

The Learning Assistance & Resource Center at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is pleased to offer the following tips to help students who are preparing for final exams:Review should come early while material is still fresh in your mind. The first reading of the material should be followed by a break of several hours before a second reading of the same material. Predict exam questions using as many as possible resources including questions the textbook, chapter headings, class notes, and previous quizzes and exams.

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