Young CPA Resources 


    Info, tools and tips for the young, licensed or possibly restless.

    So you’ve started down the path toward official CPA-dom. You’re knocking on the door as we speak. Or maybe you already breezed through the door and are looking for the next adventure. Whatever the case, nice going.

    So, any questions?

    Of course you have questions. Conveniently enough, we’ve got answers – lots of them. Want to know how to ace your next job interview? Trying to find a mentor who might be able to teach you a thing or two that you can really use? Wondering which specializations are most in demand? Ever thought about what it’d be like to lead a team of people twice your age (and with many times your level of experience)?

    If you haven’t ever wondered any of those things, there are probably, oh, a few hundred other questions that will cross your mind as you start planning for your future – immediate as well as long-term. Check out the content areas on this page and start soaking up all of the helpful tips and practical information, from workplace and career issues to volunteer opportunities and the all-important topic of work/life balance.

    And if you’ve got a particular question that’s still in search of an answer, speak up –send us a tweet, like our community, or tap out an old-fashioned email.

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    Elizabeth Pittelkow No Ordinary Accountant

    Article Meet Elizabeth Pittelkow, a 2013 graduate of the AICPA’s Leadership Academy, who tells the Edge not only about her position and career, but touches on ethics and even swing dancing.
    Published on April 18, 2014

    Fly Fishing and the Art of Proactive Patience

    Article In fishing like your career, proactive patience is not sitting around waiting for the fish to bite or for things to change. It’s being proactively engaged in shaping the future by taking purposeful action informed by careful observation.
    Published on April 15, 2014

    4 Work Habits That Will Get You Ahead

    Article Work habits, whether good or bad, can be changed so that you will feel better about your work and get ahead. Here are 4 habits that, if changed, could spell the difference between getting that much-deserved promotion or being passed over.
    Published on April 14, 2014

    Icebreakers That Really Work!

    Article How to “break the ice” with your co-workers and peers, here are 5 icebreakers for consideration. How many of these have you already participated in and how effective have they been?
    Published on April 14, 2014

    Corporate Diversity is Activated by Inclusivity

    Article How diverse is your organization and how diverse would you like it to be based on your business model? In this Q&A with Kim Drumgo, director of Diversity and Inclusion for the AICPA, discover the “business” case for diversity and find out how diversity and inclusivity impact your firm or
    Published on March 18, 2014

    The Most Important Issues for Women in the Accounting Profession

    Article The AICPA “Women in the Profession” initiative continues to discuss and promote issues that all female CPAs need to know about and the male CPAs need to be aware of as well. In this interview with Melissa Hooley, chair of the Women's Initiatives Executive Committee, find out about today’s most
    Published on March 06, 2014

    Your Body Language Speaks Volumes

    Article Arms crossed … hands clasped behind your back … your body language influences the way others perceive you—and you may not even realize it! Discover the basics of body language and how you can use gestures in a positive way in your professional and personal endeavors.
    Published on March 06, 2014

    7 Strategies to Creating Life-Long Clients and Customers

    Article They say it costs less to keep a client/customer than to get a new one, so it pays to be proactive in the way you handle your relationships, communications, and professional demeanor. Here are 7 strategies you can implement to ensure your clients and customers stay with you through for
    Published on February 18, 2014

    Jeremy Dillard Keeping Busy On all Fronts

    Article How does the winner of the AICPA Maximo Mukelabai Award spend his time? One glimpse into Jeremy Dillard’s volunteer opportunities will give you a sense that Jeremy always puts others first. Learn how he reaps great rewards from helping others succeed.
    Published on February 18, 2014

    Work Hard and Youll Get Promoted

    Article While you might think you’re worth your weight in gold to your employer and, by rank or seniority, you think you should be promoted; your employer may have a totally different picture of your skills and talents. Here is some advice on how to get ahead without sacrificing any of
    Published on February 18, 2014

    Drinking From the Fire Hose Michelle Dooley

    Article It wouldn’t be unusual to see Michelle Dooley running up the stairs in full fire gear. In fact, it wouldn’t be unusual to see her carry a hose hoist and high-rise pack as well. In this new profile, find out how participating in her company’s field operations helps improve her
    Published on January 16, 2014

    Would You Rather be Happy or Wealthy

    Article Where are you on the money versus happiness scale? Would you rather be wealthy or satisfied with your life? Mackay McNeill, CPA/PFS, author of The Intersection of Joy and Money, sits down with the EDGE staff to discuss how this topic affects younger CPAs. What you think is true versus
    Published on January 13, 2014

    Start the New Year by Being Prepared!

    Article Although none of us like to think about man-made or natural disasters, we have to face the reality that we may only have a few minutes to evacuate our apartments or homes. Being prepared is key. Here’s some advice from a CPA financial planner who can give you practical tips
    Published on January 13, 2014

    7 Must-Read Business Books to Further Your Career

    Article If you think moving a piece of cheese or counting how many habits highly successful people have are all that make up today’s must-read business book list, think again! Aggregated from a variety of sources, here’s a summary of titles designed to increase your knowledge about business processes—but also designed
    Published on December 13, 2013

    Are you a Professional Then Act Professional!

    Article What is your definition of "professional?" While you may work in one of the most respected and admired industries around, there are times when even the consummate pro gets sidetracked. Here are some tips on how to stay focused and how to avoid disrespecting others.  It’s not as easy as
    Published on December 13, 2013

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