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PwC report outlines expectations of new, younger workforce

A new global report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, "Managing Tomorrow's People: The Future of Work to 2020," illustrates how organizations need to adapt to the demands of a rapidly changing world and provides scenarios of future business models to help companies anticipate change and address how they will attract, retain, and motivate the people they will need in the future. PwC surveyed 2,793 graduates from China, the U.K. and U.S.
Education & Careers

New student-focused web site provides info on becoming a CPA

Using the latest in graphics and flash technology, the Texas Society of CPAs has unveiled its new website for high school and college students: Destination CPA.Not just for Texas students, anyone interested in becoming a CPA can learn about what it takes to get the credential and the types of jobs available to CPAs. Job search strategies are provided, including tips for resume-writing, and there are links to a variety of CPA exam review providers.Virtual popcorn is provided to accompany a mock drive-in movie about choosing accounting as a career.
Community News

Accounting firm donates $100k to business college

Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman PC, the largest Colorado-based accounting and business advisory firm, has announced that it is giving the University of Northern Colorado's Monfort College of Business $100,000 over the next 10 years.Robert B. Hottman, CEO of EKS&H, said the gift is a way to recognize and support the college's accounting program and faculty for their commitment to educating students from their college career to their professional career in accounting.
Education & Careers

Workers may see new insurance option: HSAs

While the end of the year brings a flurry of shopping decisions (Can I get away with buying Uncle Charlie another tie?), some choices are even more daunting: health care plans.Fall is usually open-enrollment time, and workers may see an option called a Health Savings Account, or HSA, for the first time. It’s an alternative to traditional health insurance that gives consumers a way to pay for their own health care while reaping tax benefits.These HSAs allow consumers to save money in an interest-bearing savings account set aside for health care expenses.
Education & Careers

Students report CPA exam still has technical problems

Three and half years after the introduction of the uniform CPA exam administered by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), accounting students are still reporting technical problems with the exam.

CPA Exams

Do you have an interesting story to tell about when you took your CPA exam? Get pulled over for speeding on the way there? Walk into the exam room with a big spaghetti sauce spill on your shirt? Share your story! Let’s take a walk down memory lane! Tales related to studying for the exam count, too!
A&A

FEI and IMA request deferral of SFAS 157

In a letter to Robert H. Herz, chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), two committee chairmen of Financial Executives International (FEI) have requested that FASB delay implementation of SFAS No. 157 - Fair Value Measurements (FAS 157) for one year in order to allow companies and their accounting firms time to prepare for implementation. Currently, FAS 157 is effective for fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2007. The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) has also requested the delay, CFO.com reports.
Education & Careers

<b>Test your knowledge with AccountingWEB's weekly quiz!</b>

AccountingWEB is pleased to announce its weekly accounting quiz, now appearing in the Student Zone area of the AccountingWEB site. Just click Student Zone at the left side of any AccountingWEB page (or click the Student Zone link at the bottom of this story) to access the weekly quiz and to be eligible for great prizes!Accounting professors from across the country are participating in Test Your Knowledge, submitting their favorite quiz questions to see if they can stump the AccountingWEB audience. Each Monday, a new quiz will appear.
Technology

Technology generation upgrades: Are educators and employers on the same page?

Information technology (IT) and information systems are pervasive in today’s business environment. CPAs, therefore, have to understand IT processes and controls. What are accounting educators doing to prepare students as they enter an environment in which data moves through computerized accounting packages, intranet portals, or enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems? More importantly, though, are accounting educators and professionals even on the same page with respect to IT education?Technology generation upgrades: Are educators and employers on the same page?
Education & Careers

Top entrepreneurial colleges ranked

Entrepreneur Magazine, with the help of the Princeton Review, has ranked the top 50 entrepreneurial colleges at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels.These are the 10 Essential Elements of an Entrepreneurship Program, according to Entrepreneur Magazine: Experiential learningApproachable professorsMentorship programsFaculty experienced in entrepreneurshipInterdisciplinary program offeringsCommunity involvementPartnerships with entrepreneurial organizations
Education & Careers

"Project Run With It" case competition to be sponsored by Moss Adams

"Project Run With It" is a case competition that will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2008 during the BAP Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA. The competition will bring BAP students from 60 chapters together to develop solutions to financial and technological problems of actual not-for-profit (NFP) agencies. The NFP agency will provide background information and answer student questions. Students, working in teams of four, will have one day to develop possible solutions and present them to the agency.
Education & Careers

Top business and law schools ranked by Princeton Review

The Princeton Review - known for its college rankings based on how students rate their schools - has released the 2008 editions of its annual law and business school guidebooks which also feature rankings uniquely based on student surveys.
Education & Careers

AGA announces case challenge for undergraduate students

The deadline is approaching for the Association of Government Accountants' First Government Finance Case Challenge. Set to begin Oct. 15, 2007, the challenge will expose students to a thought provoking government financial management case that they could face in their professional careers. Note: This competition is only open to currently enrolled college undergraduate students. Team captains should register the entire team entering this competition.Participating student teams will collaboratively analyze and offer a written response to a case centered on how a U.S.
Education & Careers

Consolidating student loans? Proceed with caution

Before Congress voted to impose fixed interest rates on federal student loans in July 2006, the decision to consolidate student loans and lock in at the lowest average variable rate was a no-brainer for most graduates, according to a recent report in the Christian Science Monitor, but in 2007 each graduate must weigh all of the consolidation options carefully.
Education & Careers

BusinessWeek ranks accounting as best place to launch a career

It's no secret to those of us already in the profession that pursuing a career in accounting is a smart move in today's financial environment. Now the word is out, and accounting firms are dominating BusinessWeek's second annual ranking of the best companies for new college graduates.BusinessWeek based its ranking on three separate surveys: A survey of career services directors at U.S.
Education & Careers

Beta Alpha Psi announces Medal of Inspiration program

Beta Alpha Psi, the honors organization for Financial Information students and professionals, has announced a new program for the 2007-2008 year, the Medal of Inspiration. The 2008 regional and annual meetings will focus on the theme: "Good to Great: From Student to Professional." Beta Alpha Psi students are already "good" students. They have strong GPAs, they contribute to their communities through service, and demonstrate commitment to professional ideals and ethics.
Education & Careers

Accounting professor stars in AICPA Foundation video

In April 1992, Tom Lopez, then a certified public accountant in California, started thinking about switching careers. "I decided that the thing I really wanted to do was teach at the college level," he said. And that would mean earning a Ph.D. in accounting. But Lopez, who is now an associate professor of accounting at the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina, had a wife and three young children at the time. How could he possibly afford to quit his job and go back to school?
Education & Careers

Ernst & Young launches campus video competition

Leading professional services firm Ernst & Young LLP announced the launch of a video competition for college students in the U.S. and Canada as part of the firm's enhanced efforts to engage and connect with recruits.
Education & Careers

How to Write a Better Resume

Whether you're looking for your first job, hoping for advancement with your current employer, considering a job change, or just getting your records in order, maybe now is the time to make sure your resume is in good shape. Robert Half International offers some tips on building a good resume.A good resume alone won't get you a job. But a bad resume can prevent you from getting an interview. Since your resume is a primary tool in finding a better job, extra time spent on its preparation is a good investment.There is room for some creativity, but not for gimmicks.
Education & Careers

529 College Savings Plans remain a mystery to most parents

Parents are counting on credit to counterbalance skyrocketing college costs, according to The State of College Savings, a survey to assess the state of college savings conducted by the College Savings Foundation.

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