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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:

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

  • Guest Blog: Can Accountants Save The Planet?

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

    Although I harbor no illusions that the producers of the Avengers will add a CPA to their team of super heroes in the near future, the work I do makes a difference.

  • 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. 
  • 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. 

  • 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.