Career Development

    Career Development 

    How to say, "This is the job I always wanted!" a dozen times in 50 years... And mean it.

    Whether you’re just starting out or a few years in, you deserve to hear the truth: being a CPA isn’t just a job. It’s actually a whole series of jobs, one after another, that before you know it add up to something pretty amazing: a career.

    A career, mind you, that might very well include some stepping stones, stopgaps and maybe even a mistake or two. But really, there are no dead ends – in this profession, every route will lead you somewhere. You just have to recognize the forks in the road, pay attention to the turn signals and great opportunities will appear on the horizon. (No more driving metaphors, we promise.)

    As with anything else, some of this will be the result of a fortuitous confluence of events (“dumb luck”), but there’s an awful lot that’s in your power to control. And whether through providence or preparation, you’ve just stumbled on a great resource to help sift your options and plan your career ahead.

    This is the place to get more information on the kinds of career paths you can follow – public accounting, government, non-profit, business, industry, whatever – and the credentials you need to reach them.

    It’s also the place to get guidance on the questions that are bound to come up along the way. What should go on your next resume? How can you get plugged into professional networks? Should I work domestically, across the state line or go global

    Dig in.



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    Networking and sales best practices

    Article While many CPAs prefer to avoid the spotlight, they can’t always work in the background if they want to be successful. Networking and sales skills are essential to building a client base, increasing value as an employee (or partner), and developing as an individual.
    Published on August 15, 2014

    Big ideas from the Big Easy

    Article The AICPA’s fourth annual gathering of emerging young CPA leaders lived up to its theme: Big Ideas in the Big Easy. Featuring a blend of thought leadership and attendee interaction, the conference provided a plethora of advice, resources, and lessons learned.
    Published on August 15, 2014

    Breaking borders The journey of Mohamad Al-kawafha

    Article From the hot, dry summers of Jordan to the humidity of Louisiana and Texas, Mohamad Al-kawafha, CPA, CGMA, has experienced his fair share of culture and climate shock, fear of the unknown, and language barriers.
    Published on July 21, 2014

    What Sport Are You

    Article What kind of sport do you enjoy? Surprisingly, the kind of sport you play has a direct bearing on your personality in the workplace.
    Published on June 17, 2014

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    5 Tech Tools to Work Remotely and Stay on Task

    Article Whether you telecommute or travel for work, chances are you’re going to work remotely at some point in time. Thanks to the cloud, technology has advanced in ways that make phrase “anywhere-anytime” entirely possible. Here are 5 ways to work remotely through technology and even some old-fashioned common sense.
    Published on December 13, 2013

    Seize Your Future!

    Article Stuck? Does it seem that you’re spinning your wheels without getting ahead? The only one who can change your future is you. Learn how to prove your value by forming solid relationships, speaking up, and even paying attention to the way you look.
    Published on November 16, 2013

    Why Multitasking Doesnt Get You Ahead

    Article Client/company work, Facebook, Twitter, texts, and emails—we are constantly multitasking to get more done in a shorter amount of time. Although it’s generally believed that young adults excel at multitasking, a recent study at Stanford found that no one multitasks very well, no matter how old they are. Learn to
    Published on October 23, 2013

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