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  • Four Skills to Hone in College for a Successful Career

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Dec 18, 2015

    There’s more to a successful career in accounting than learning the technical skills of tax and audit. Yesterday a committee was convened at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington to look into non-traditional ways that students’ success is influenced by; in essence, examining what the Academy calls “intrapersonal and interpersonal capabilities.” What does that mean? According to Forbes, students who want every advantage they can get out of college need to focus on other skills besides what they get from their textbooks.

  • How to Make the Transition to Your First Managerial Role

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Dec 8, 2015

    When you’re promoted to your first leadership position, it can be difficult to make the transition, especially when your team is composed of people who you’ve already established a work relationship with – one in which you aren’t the new boss. On the other hand, your boss may also have a difficult time seeing you in a management position, and may start contradicting your decisions. Fortune has some advice on how to deal with the pressures of big promotion:

  • How to Come Back From (and Avoid) Interview Mistakes

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Dec 1, 2015

    It can be a nail biting experience waiting to hear back from a potential employer, but especially for the introverted, the interview itself can be even more nerve-wracking.  Sure, you might’ve polished off your best stories about how you overcame a challenge, made a mistake, or are a team player. However, even the most well-rehearsed story can inadvertently turn into an interview blunder. Here are some tips from The Muse on how to come back from common interview mistakes:

  • Study: Voice More Impressive than Writing to Potential Employers

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Oct 14, 2015
    In this year of 2015, we communicate in a staggering variety of ways. We text, we chat, we email. We use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Snapchat. Sometimes we even blog. But, according to an article in the Harvard Business Review, when it comes to impressing a potential employer, the best tool to use is one of the oldest that we have: our voice. 
  • Are You Really Ready to Take on a Managerial Role?

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Sep 24, 2015
    While it might seem like a no-brainer to accept a promotion to a managerial spot, experts suggest that you take a moment to consider whether it's actually what you want. The answer just might surprise you. 
  • 30 Percent of Young Adults Would Sell an Organ to Pay Off Debt

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Sep 17, 2015
    We've heard of college costing an arm and a leg, but with the average student debt load now reaching about $30,000, young people would be willing to give up a few other body parts as well. 
  • Dear Father: Canst Thou Spare a Ha'penny Whilst I Study at University?

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Oct 15, 2015
    While a lot of things about university life have changed, students being broke and reaching out to their parents for money is, apparently, not one of them. 
  • Man Gets Job. Man Accidentally Sends Nude Selfie to HR. Man Loses Job.

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Sep 2, 2015
    An Illinois company offered a man a job, but the HR director was then puzzled when that same man sent her a nude selfie. 
  • On Failing Productively

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Sep 3, 2015
    Everyone fails. Some people fail a little. Some people fail a lot. But we all fail. While some might advocate moving on from failure as fast as possible, one author thinks differently: while one should not dwell and brood excessively, if you don't take the time to understand the nature of a particular failure before moving on, you're probably just setting yourself up for the next failure down the road. 
  • Report: Accounting to Become Even More Lucrative

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Sep 3, 2015
    Accounting, already quite a well-paying profession, is set to get even better next year, according to an article in Accounting Today. 
  • Poll: 60 Percent of Millennials Don't Call Themselves Millennials

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Sep 4, 2015
    Millennials! Millennials! Millennials! Millennials in the workplace! Millennials in social media! Millennials in the kitchen! Everyone, it seems, is talking about millennials... Except for millennials themselves, the majority of whom, according to a recent poll, reject the label, according to the Atlantic. 
  • Oh, the accounting games we play

    By:
    Michael Kraten, CPA, Ph.D.
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    Oct 1, 2015

    Do you remember how you first learned to tie your shoes? Your parents probably made a game of it. Cross the strings and over the top, then pull the ends and tighten them up! You can make a game out of just about anything. Believe it or not, you can even make a game of learning about accounting standards and audit practices—various educational games about the profession are now available for college credit and included in CPE courses.Two years ago, for instance, I won the Innovation in Teaching Award at the 17th Annual Symposium on Ethics Research in Accounting for creating a live, multi-player online video game entitled “Audit Experience!” (See above for a screen shot.) Situated on the Second Life virtual world platform, the game challenges professional audit staff to investigate the disappearance of organically grown grain at a flour mill during a year-end inventory count.
  • Could This Show be the CPA Version of Grey’s Anatomy?

    By:
    N. Sheree Saunders and Jason Wong
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    Aug 31, 2015
    Can Shonda Rhimes' The Catch do for the profession what  Grey’s Anatomy did for surgeons or Scandal did for politicos?  

  • How Not To Get Hired

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Oct 1, 2015

    We asked hiring managers about the worst gaffes job candidates have made during the interview process. Here's what they told us. 

  • How Much Does the Boss Make Compared to You? SEC Finalizes Rule to Find Out

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Aug 17, 2015
    The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a rule that mandates public companies disclose how much money their CEO makes compared to the average employee. The rule, part of the Dodd-Frank Act, requires companies to disclose the median of the annual total compensation of all its employees save the CEO, the annual total compensation of its CEO, and the ratio of those two amounts. 
  • Organize Your Time Like a Pro

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Oct 1, 2015

    Everyone’s had days where they feel like there’s an endless and nigh-insurmountable list of tasks to accomplish. While sometimes that’s unavoidable (hello, busy season), there are ways to build a time management system that cuts down your stress. LinkedIn and Inc recently offered some advice on how to better organize your schedule, which we boiled down into a few simple dos and don’ts. 

  • How to Land a Great Mentor

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Aug 18, 2015

    It might seem like people find excellent career mentors through some random combination of luck and fate. And sure, there are a fortunate few who went to high school with the Mark Zuckerbergs of the world or whose families have amazing connections. But, for the most part, finding the best mentor is really just a matter of being proactive. Here are some tips for getting started from Entrepreneur:

  • 10 Reasons Why You Can’t Miss the NextGen 2015 Conference

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jul 30, 2015

    You've got your eye on a managerial role and big plans to take over the C-suite. Or maybe you’re an entrepreneur at heart with dreams of starting your own firm. Whatever the goal, you’ll need resources and a real, workable plan for getting there—and that’s where NextGen 2015 comes in.

  • How to Get Everything You Can From a Conference

    By:
    Jason Wong
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    Jul 29, 2015
    Got your calendar open? We’re shifting into high conference season at the NYSSCPA—from now through the end of the year, there are about 20 events you can sign up for, including next week’s #NextGen Conference.  In networking terms, that translates into about 20 opportunities to make contacts that could help you down the line. We drilled experts for advice on how to really work the room during a conference, or any other professional event, in this issue of NextGen magazine, and the good folks at Harvard Business Review also shared a few dos and don’ts in a recent post online. 
  • Poll: CFOs Avoid Social Media, Prefer Email

    By:
    Chris Gaetano
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    Oct 1, 2015
    A recent poll shows that if you want to reach a CFO, you probably shouldn't go looking for them on Facebook or Twitter, as only 18 percent prefer to use social media to keep up with colleagues versus email, according to the Wall Street Journal. This is a dramatic drop since the last time the poll was taken in 2012, when 45 percent of CEOs said they prefer social media. So what is the best way to contact a CFO in 2015? Apparently email: 50 percent use it as their primary professional networking method, according to the survey. 
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