Young CPA Resources 

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

So you’ve started down the path to CPA greatness. You probably have some questions.

Luckily, we’ve got answers. 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—tweet us, like our Facebook page or send us an old-fashioned email.

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6 Ways to Boost Your Leadership Presence

Article Small changes in how you interact with others can yield big dividends.
Published on February 21, 2017

Save Time With These Productivity Hacks

Article CPAs and experts share ways to become more efficient at work.
Published on February 21, 2017


Article What you should know about who you should know. The typical, cynical version of the line goes like this: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Usually meaning that it—fill in the blank: getting into college, getting a job, getting a prom
Published on January 17, 2017

Entering the Leadership Academy arena

Article A participant reflects on what she learned at the AICPA’s annual leadership event for young CPAs.
Published on January 17, 2017

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 January 17, 2017

5 Tips You Need to Cross Sell Your Firms Services

Article What you don’t know about cross selling. Discover tips that are ideal for young CPAs to know—or for that fact, anyone in your firm or organization. Rob Berger, a graduate of the 2012 AICPA Leadership Academy, offers his advice.
Published on January 17, 2017

Edge Profile Joe Rugger

Article Get to know Joe Rugger, a graduate of the 2013 AICPA Leadership Academy.  What motivated him to give up a career in public accounting.
Published on January 17, 2017

Making the Transition from Public Practice to Business & Industry

Article Is life any greener on the other side of the fence? Why would you switch from practice to business & industry? Just ask Jamie McCoy, an AICPA Leadership Academy graduate who recently transitioned from a local firm to an energy and petroleum company. Jamie explains why he made the switch
Published on January 17, 2017

Off-the-Hinges Accounting Engagements No Naps for AuditorsOr Controllers

Article Here’s another profile of a young CPA on an engagement that is truly out of the ordinary. Meet Chris Cobb, an assistant corporate controller with Vera Bradley. Chris traded a career in the Big 4 for corporate accounting; find out why he made the switch and the kinds of activities
Published on January 17, 2017

Top 7 Issues Facing Young CPAs

Article If you missed this jam-packed session at the August E.D.G.E. conference, then breathe a sigh of relief! Tom Hood, CEO of the Maryland Association of CPAs, shares his insights on the issues that are top of mind for young CPA professional, with tips and techniques on how to turn these
Published on January 17, 2017

How to Stop Procrastinating

Article Psychologists and CPAs offer the following tips on how to combat procrastination.
Published on January 17, 2017

How Not to Get Sick at Work This Winter

Article If a bug is sweeping its way through your office, what can you do to improve the chances you won’t get it?
Published on January 17, 2017

How to Make the Right Impression at Meetings

Article Combine preparation with observation to feel more confident at meetings.
Published on December 13, 2016

Last-Minute Gifts for Co-Workers

Article If you find yourself stuck, here are ideas to consider, all for under $50, from a few of the AICPA’s Leadership Academy grads.
Published on December 13, 2016

10 Telephone Tips for a Text Message Era

Article Millennials prefer texting, but phone skills remain essential.
Published on November 15, 2016

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