AICPA and Junior Achievement Launch Online Accounting Career Guide

Effort Part of Junior Achievement’s JA My Way Initiative

May 16, 2016

Colo rado Springs, Colo, and New York  (May 16, 2016) – The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Junior Achievement USA today announced the launch of a new online Accounting Career Guide for teens. The Guide, which combines Junior Achievement content with resources from AICPA’s “ Start Here. Go Places,” covers the various career paths and opportunities available in the accounting profession, with special emphasis on the work CPAs perform.
 
The Accounting Career Guide provides an online experience for teens that lets them explore the benefits of a career in accounting and the multiple possibilities that earning a CPA license offers. During this journey, they can engage with JA-created content, as well as resources and tools developed by AICPA for its Start Here, Go Places initiative. The online resource is free and available to all teens interested in exploring careers in accounting.
 
“The accounting field and the CPA profession present great career possibilities for young people,” said Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. “Not only are these careers challenging and rewarding, there is tremendous demand for them. We are pleased to present this resource to teens so that they can explore what accounting has to offer as they start to consider their plans for future careers.”
 
The Accounting Career Guide is hosted on Junior Achievement’s JA My Way web experience and can be found at www.jamyway.org/accounting/. The guide contains profiles of nearly 250 CPAs. There is also a ‘Future Me’ tool, which asks students a few quick questions and then matches them with the accounting role best suited to their interests.
 
“AICPA research has found that exposing students to information about all the possibilities available in a career in accounting at an early age increases their likelihood of joining the profession,” said Kim Drumgo, director of diversity and inclusion at the AICPA and vice chair of the National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. “This partnership with Junior Achievement will help broaden the scope of our outreach and continue to ensure that the accounting profession is drawing talent from the best and brightest students.”