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Deloitte support for Android? [Nov. 20th, 2011|09:12 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

Can anyone tell me whether Deloitte supports Android phones for employee use? I'm expecting an offer soon, and my phone just broke. I guess before I order a replacement I should think about whether I need to go back to Blackberry if I end up going there.
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choosing a 4-year [Jun. 23rd, 2010|08:17 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

I'm currently at a community college in Illinois, finishing up my 17th credit directly related to an A.S. in accounting this summer, with 71 credits coming in from the University of Minnesota, and 22 more credits worth of classes left to complete my A.S., which I'm scheduled for in spring 2011. However, I realized that I'll be losing my financial aid at the community college once I hit 90 credits, so I need to switch to a 4-year A.S.A.P. Now, because of my job situation, I'm essentially limited to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, or an online-only program. So I have a question for all of you accounting types (or generally "types who have picked colleges"):
- What are employers looking for in their applicants educations/training? Should I make sure I enroll in a program that has opportunities to take classes with honors credit? What about one-on-one work with professors, similar to what liberal ed. students tend to aim for to boost their academic resumes?
- Are any online programs particularly known for their accounting programs? Are there any warnings signs of a "flimsy" accounting program?
- Would it be better to attend an established state university (i.e. the University of Minnesota) that has an online campus vs. a university that's predominantly online (i.e. the University of Phoenix)?
- Even for brick-and-mortar universities, how did you go about picking a four-year university if you transferred after deciding you wanted to go into accounting, or a master's program after getting your bachelor's?
- Are there any good forums online that I might be able to get further answers from?
- Will I be missing out on anything by not picking up my A.S. before getting my B.S.? I was thinking I might be able to get a better "student job" or internship with an A.S. than simply 2 years through my B.S., but then again maybe employers would prefer an A.A.S. for that, and the A.S. itself wouldn't be worth anything except for transferring to a 4-year. (For that matter, is a 4-year more likely to accept me if I have an A.S. under my belt?)
Any other advice you can think of to give to me would be greatly appreciated.
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what should a rookie auditor be expected to know? [May. 1st, 2010|12:10 am]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

I've just sent in my acceptance to a job offer at a pretty big, well-known local accounting firm.  It was actually my first choice, so I'm really, really happy to be hired.  At the same time, I want to make a very good impression my first few months on the job, and am not completely confident I'll perform well, since my Auditing class was basically complete crap, and it's been a semester since I've taken any financial reporting stuff.  In other words, I'm more than a bit nervous. 

So what does a rookie audit staff member need to know to get by?  What should I expect to be doing on the job, and how can I prepare so that I will do those things well? 

Another thing that I wanted to ask is if it's possible to study for (and pass) at least two parts of the CPA exam in 3 months?  I'd like to get FAR and possibly REG out of the way before the summer is over since the exam will be changing in January, only I'd have to register to take the sections next month if I want to test in July or August.  Really, I'm almost completely clueless when it comes to registering and planning for the exam, so any insight from someone experience would be really helpful!  

Any other advice of any kind would be totally welcome!  Thanks much in advance! 
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(no subject) [Apr. 17th, 2010|08:38 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

Hi accounting people! I am interested in going back to school and getting a degree in Accounting, however I already have a BA (in history, and I didn't take any accounting classes.) I have seen grad programs that don't require a BA in Accounting, but would I be better served getting the second BA, which would presumably take me only 2 years or so?
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About to graduate with no real job! [Mar. 28th, 2010|12:41 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

[mood |disappointeddisappointed]

Hello everyone -

I'm 34 and finally getting my Bachelor's degree in July, however even though I went to all networking events through our school's Career Center, applied to myriad of jobs, had a couple of interviews only to get rejected, I haven't received any offers! and I'm stuck doing stupid data entry....in fact I've been doing that for the last 3 years...it allowed me to go to school but now I feel like a total idiot.

I'm so dissapointed and discouraged from not being able to find employment within the accounting field, that I can't even focus on anything else.

Did I just waste hours of education? Am I destined to be a data processing clerk forever?
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Student loans & jobs [Dec. 13th, 2009|01:32 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

Hi guys, I have a question about student loans and finding jobs after graduation...

I would like to start school, but at the same time I would like to avoid debt and am reluctant to take out student loans. For those of you who have taken out loans and are now working, how long did it take you to find a job? I hear 'everyone needs accountants', and there isn't a shortage of companies looking for them, but is this really the case? Also, have you been able to pay off your student loans without a problem, e.g. being late on payments? For those who have paid off their loans, how long did it take? Did you ever struggle with payments? Have you had to cut back on other expenses in order to pay off your loans?

It would also help if you could list information, such as amount of loans, years in school, what job you have, where you are located, etc.

x-posted to _accounting
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Internships [Oct. 12th, 2009|02:27 am]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

I am a new member, and I already have a question.

I am just finishing my second year of college, and just getting into the real accounting stuff.  I have done a few basic courses early on (through community college) to make sure I liked the Major.  It was a good idea, because I didn't do that when I was going for social work, and I regretted that.  So I am considering an internship.  I live in Harrisburg, PA, but have lived in Pittsburgh, and wish to move back.  Deloitte and Touche has a major office there, and they do a lot of summer and year round internships.

Can anyone give an idea on what I could expect for pay for an internship with this company (did anyone do it?)?  Me and my Fiance would love to move back to Pittsburgh, and I don't want to apply for something I wouldn't be able to take because of the lack of pay.  My GPA is great, somewhere around 3.4 and steadily rising.  I have went through 3 or 4 actual accounting courses, but as you know the bulk comes in the next two years.   I think my chances are low (at my current year), but trying never hurt anyone.

Thanks so much!
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question [Oct. 1st, 2009|06:50 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

Sorry for off topic, but I need to know the opinion of the majority.. I am currently working in a big company and due to the financial crisis my Head Manager told me to improve my education or I will be fired. Thus I decided to get an MBA degree. But.. I can not leave my workplace right now.. too costly for me.. that's why I decided to go in for online MBA program. Is it OK? How can they give diploma at all at the distance? Thanks for all the answers!

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NY [Sep. 2nd, 2009|02:57 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring

I am writing to alert folks who may live in NY that NY recently changed the laws governing cpa licensure. It is no longer necessary to have auditing experience to become a cpa in NY. This is great news for folks like me who have never worked in public accounting. The law went into effect in late July

I also wanted to let folks know that I have some great “home-made” flashcards that I am always willing to share for the CPA exam. I used the Wiley books, studied at home, and made my own flashcards. I have them in pdf format. Some are one-sided and some are two-sided. I used these to drill home important stuff in the parking lot right before I entered the test. It worked like a charm for me every time.

If you are interested in the cards, get me your email address.
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(no subject) [Jul. 23rd, 2009|09:38 pm]
Accountants - new, experienced, aspiring
I am currently a 2nd year accounting student (double majoring in international studies). I have a few questions.

-Would a minor in computer science benefit me in any way/give me an edge? How about statistics?
-Would a finance and english double minor be better?

Or should I not bother with any of the above and just continue on with the double major?

I have no problem with extra time or money spent nor with keeping up my GPA. I just would like to see what may give me an edge or be useful to me and any future employers in the next couple of years.
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