How to be a CPA, and not be a CPA at all (Alternative Accounting Careers)

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Most people think accountants keep their heads down, work in cubes, are boring people, and have a hard time getting a date. They’re not aware there are so many alternative accounting careers where you’re using your experience, but doing something TOTALLY different. You never hear someone say, “Oh yes, accountants are giants, captains of industry.”…

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My Interview with a CPA Comedian! [PODCAST] with Greg Kyte, Blogger, Podcaster, Controller

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UPDATE: Greg recently launched Accounting Comedy CPE, check it out here. Note: We went off the rocker on this one and covered a lot of great topics. Here are the questions I planned on asking, but as you’ll see the podcast is longer than its typical length and there is much more information packed inside. I really…

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I Filed Bankruptcy. Can I Still Become A Certified Public Accountant?

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From the mailbag: Good afternoon Andrew, My name is David and I am currently a non-traditional accounting student (32 years old with very minimal accounting experience) in my final year with plans to sit for the CPA exam. In 2011 my wife and I (in which I married at age 18) filed for Ch. 7 bankruptcy.…

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Can Attending Accounting Conferences Land You a Job?

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From the mailbag: Hello Andrew, I hope you are doing great. I am trying to decide on whether I should attend the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) national conference coming up in a few months. I am not sure if recruiters go to these type of conferences to recruit campus hires or experienced hires. I…

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How to Minimize Travel in Your Public Accounting Career

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From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, I’m starting my public accounting career at an internship at one of the big four over the summer and I’m a little concerned about the travel. While I might not travel much during the internship, when I actually start full-time I imagine there will be plenty of travel. The service…

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Top Management Consultant to the CPA Industry [Interview] with Marc Rosenberg of the Rosenberg Associates

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Marc Rosenberg has served as a management consultant to CPA firms for over 20 years. What an interesting job! He spends most of his time traveling the country and helping CPA firms improve their partner compensation models, CPA firm mergers, succession planning, CPA firm retreats, and more. He also runs a “management consultant to the…

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10 Must Know Audit Acronyms For Your First Year in Public Accounting

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I remember my first internship with PwC, I was so nervous. I may be The Bean Counter today but back in the day, I had no clue what I was getting myself into. The first week on a client, my senior kept saying: “check the P&L, check the P&L, check the P&L” I had absolutely…

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Don’t Let Your Accounting Boss Keep You Down

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Earlier this week, I caught up with an old friend who is going through her first busy season. She was having a pretty tough time with one of her accounting boss/managers and was telling me the story. She said she was being a little giggly in the conference room and cracking jokes. She also forgot…

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Are You A Boss, Or A Leader? [PODCAST] with Carl Johnson, Blum Shapiro

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Carl was recommended to me by an old guest on show and he has a great story of rising from a staff, to COO, the in 2002 to managing partner at Blum Shapiro. The firm is the largest regional accounting, tax and business consulting firm based in New England with offices in West Hartford and…

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Basic Steps to Build a Meaningful Connection with Accounting Recruiters and Staff

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From the mailbag: Hi Andrew, Hope you are having a good day out in Florida. I’m currently a fourth year student in Finance, and considering to stay a fifth year in order to complete CPA required courses. I will be attending an KPMG info session tomorrow where there will be staff accountants and the head…

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