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  • Study: Having No Job is Better Than Having a Bad One

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 16, 2017
    A recent study from the University of Manchester found that people with low-paying, highly stressful jobs have higher levels of chronic stress than people who have no jobs at all. 
  • Poll: 20 Percent of Employees Face 'Hostile or Threatening' Environment at Work

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 15, 2017
    A recent poll has found that a large number of employees, one in five, find their workplaces to be hostile or threatening environments. 
  • Gig Economy Changing Amid Economic Changes, Increased Competition

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 14, 2017
    On-demand service companies like Uber are facing changing economic conditions that are challenging their staffing model of maintaining an army of surplus labor, as many are leaving the gig economy for better opportunities in more consistent workplaces. 
  • Gaming Apps for Aspiring CPAs

    By:
    Zach Simeone
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    Aug 4, 2017

    There are a growing number of apps to help test your knowledge of accounting. Some are specifically focused on studying for the CPA exam, but the choices don’t end there—other apps offer more offbeat options. Here are some examples.

  • What’s the Worst That Could Happen? Worst-Case Career Scenarios and How You Can Fix Them

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 3, 2017

    Sometimes, whether from your own actions or those of others, you face a genuine career crisis, the kind of event that leaves you wondering whether you have any future in this profession at all—a truly worst-case scenario. While going through something like this is never pleasant, however, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to start your career over from scratch. You can recover from a major career crisis, provided you stay calm and make the right moves.

  • What If CPAs Could Time Travel and Give Career Advice to Their Younger Selves?

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 2, 2017

    We asked four CPAs at various stages of their careers to consider the following scenario: You’re sitting at a table. Sitting across from you is you, but a younger version of you whose career has just begun. You have five minutes to give that younger version of yourself whatever career advice you can, based on your own years of experience. What do you tell your younger self? Here’s what they said.

  • CPA Candidates Reflect on Exam Changes

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Jul 31, 2017

    Beginning in April, aspiring CPAs were the first to take the revised Uniform CPA Examination. The new exam places less emphasis on multiple-choice questions in favor of more task-based simulations that require critical thinking and analysis to solve properly. We asked five CPA candidates who recently took the revised exam what their impression was of it.

  • From Monastery to Marijuana Marketplace: One CPA's Journey

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Jul 25, 2017

    There’s the typical path to becoming a CPA, and then there’s Todd Arkley’s path. Arkley had no business aspirations at all when he was in school and for many years after that. While today Arkley is one of the foremost experts in the burgeoning legal marijuana industry, with clients drawn almost entirely from that sector, he was first an aspiring Zen Buddhist monk, then a landscaper, then an office manager and then a CFO.

  • A Conversation with the ‘CPA Ninja’

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Apr 25, 2017

    Jeff Elliott, CPA, is the founder of Another71.com, a CPA exam-focused site that attracts more than 100,000 unique visitors a month to its blog, resource-heavy forum, and NINJA CPA Review study courses. He took the time to respond to questions from NextGen about his company.

  • Study Upgrade! How Technology Is Changing the Face of Exam Prep

    By:
    Zach Simeone
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    Apr 18, 2017
    CPA firm owners are integrating—and even reorganizing—their practices around advances in big data and artificial intelligence (AI). Using these technologies, firms can automate data collection and analytics and, ultimately, transform auditing itself, as AI can discover data patterns and identify red flags that only humans had the ability to recognize before. But these benefits aren’t limited to client services.
  • The New CPA Exam: What You Need to Know

    By:
    Zach Simeone
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    Apr 11, 2017

    So, you’ve set your sights on obtaining a CPA license. If you’ve decided you are willing to face seemingly endless hours of study, sleepless nights, and feelings of isolation, all in the hopes of being among the 57 percent of candidates who pass the exam, then you’ve come to the right place. You probably also know that as of April 1, 2017, CPA candidates across the country and around the globe have had a new exam to contend with. Here's what you need to know about the new version of the exam.

  • NYSSCPA Offering Students Up to $1,000 in FAE Scholarships with Technology Assurance Research Paper Contest

    By:
    Zach Simeone
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    Feb 16, 2017
    The NYSSCPA's Technology Assurance Research Paper Contest is designed to encourage college and grad school students throughout New York state to pursue accounting research, while fostering their professional development and promoting involvement in the Society’s committees and publications.
  • Cross-generational Learning More Important Than We Think

    By:
    Zach Simeone
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    Nov 22, 2016

    At work, a younger generation often takes the advice of senior colleagues. But nowadays, as the retirement age increases and the workforce becomes older, experienced professionals looking to continue with their jobs could take some advice from younger co-workers. In fact, research shows that with greater emphasis on cross-generational mentoring, longer and more satisfying careers may be possible.

  • Data Analytics Could Boost Pay as Firms Weave AI, Drones Into Auditing Processes

    By:
    Zach Simeone
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    Nov 18, 2016
    You’ve got your accounting degree, but what now? Supplementing it with experience in data analytics can net you a higher salary than simply being a CPA. And the push to weave cognitive technologies into auditing processes could give you the chance to work with artificial intelligence, and even drones.
  • Prepare for the CPA Exam With 'Accounting for Empires' Gaming App

    By:
    Zach Simeone
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    Nov 14, 2016
    CPA Exam preparer Becker is using a mobile gaming app to prepare accounting professionals for the test. “Accounting for Empires” is a cross between "Age of Empires" and "Civilization," and attempts to help CPA candidates with sample questions on topics from the exam. But it's not the first app designed to help accountants study through gaming.
  • Two Mistakes to Avoid When Following Up

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Aug 19, 2016
    If you’re a networking pro, you know the importance of having a network of professionals you can reach out to, and how beneficial it can be to have a network that’s constantly growing. Of course, adding people to your contacts list isn’t enough – you have to follow up with them, stay in contact so that they remember you exist. If you’re comfortable with doing that, that’s great! But sometimes the way you follow up can backfire on you. The Daily Muse offers a couple mistakes to avoid the next time you send out a friendly “staying in touch” type email: 
  • Three Things to Consider Before Accepting a Friend Request from a Coworker

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Aug 16, 2016
    Becoming friends with your coworkers can have numerous positive effects, including more successful teams and an improved office culture. Grabbing the occasional happy hour after work with coworkers can also add positivity to your work. Still, while there are a number of benefits to cultivating friendships with your coworkers, there are a few things you should consider before accepting a friend request from a coworker. Here they are, from Forbes:
  • Four Reasons You Should Consider Declining a Job Offer

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Aug 12, 2016
    Especially if you’ve been job hunting for a while, it can be easy to rationalize taking a position that you might not be 100% happy with. But unless you’re really desperate and need to pay the bills, taking a job that isn’t a good fit for you might be the worst decision you could make. Here are five reasons from Time that you might want to reconsider accepting that job offer:
  • Three Ways to Motivate Yourself When Everyone’s on Vacation

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Aug 10, 2016
    Apparently it’s prime vacation time, because half or more of your office is out doing fun things like lounging on the beach, sipping cocktails and then posting the pictures on Instagram. When almost everyone’s gone, it can be difficult to get anywhere. After all, you can’t have that important meeting if people aren’t there. Still, there are some strategies you can employ to make progress. Here they are, from the Harvard Business Review:
  • Three Steps to Making a Genuine Apology

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Aug 9, 2016

    Nobody’s perfect, and that means you will more than likely make mistakes in your professional career. When you do, it’s important that you own up to them, and also that your apology comes off as genuine. People won’t appreciate an apology if it comes off as just a way for you to relieve your guilty conscience or get them off your back. So here are some ways from Fortune that will help your apology seem more genuine:

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