Category Archives: Career Advice

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In the 20+ years I spent in recruiting (including over a decade with KPMG’s Campus Recruiting team), I saw a lot of great students, made some very close friends, and witnessed some recruiting horror stories. To round out my personal experiences and give you an accurate glimpse behind the curtain, I’ve reached out to many […]

elevator pitch

An elevator pitch doesn’t actually require an elevator, but it’s a great way to network with new people and get your name out there. The idea is to quickly explain who you are, what you’ve done and what you want to do without getting too detailed. At first, this can seem overwhelming. How do you […]

cpa exam prep

If you’re deciding to take your career to the next level by taking the CPA exam, you likely have tons of questions. And rightly so; between qualifying for, scheduling, studying for, and paying for your exam, CPA Exam prep leaves you with quite a few hoops to jump through. But don’t worry, we’re here to […]

automation certified public accountants

Automation conjures up images of robotic hands doing the work of humans; we don’t necessarily associate it with the accounting profession. However, new technology is being developed every day to improve the time it takes to enter, gather and interpret accounting data. But what are the implications of automation for a highly competitive and respected […]

Studying for the CPA Exam

The end of busy season marks the beginning of shorter Fridays, fewer projects and more freedom. The last thing anyone wants to do is think about studying for the CPA Exam. But, believe it or not, it’s a great time to start studying for the CPA Exam. You’re used to long hours of hard work […]

No matter your year in college, it’s never too early to start meeting and connecting with firms. As a freshman and sophomore, college students can use these connections to get summer internships and gain experience; as a junior or senior, networking with firms can lead directly to a job. But meeting firms is only the […]

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As CEO of Surgent, my career has come full circle. Upon college graduation over 20 years ago, my path was set towards public accounting. During my senior year at University of Michigan Business School, I had already interned the previous summer for a Big 4. I even had my offer in hand! The only thing […]

Apart from being the premier collegiate organization for finance and accounting students, Beta Alpha Psi is a great way to open doors and create opportunities for your career. Employers know Beta Alpha Psi members have taken the extra step to become career professionals and explore the industry. Below, we’ll discuss 6 reasons joining Beta Alpha […]

With so many CPA exam courses out there, it can be difficult to know which one is going to work best for you. Your study habits and learning style are unique, and finding a course that adapts to that individuality can seem impossible. However, Surgent’s CPA Exam Review course is here to break the mold […]

What are the CPA Exam Blueprints? The AICPA builds the CPA examination from the “specs” contained in a document called Blueprints. The CPA Exam Blueprints are updated and published once or twice a year, and the version used to build the 2019 exam was just released this month. There is a Blueprint for each exam […]