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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 […]

This month’s Surgent Ambassador Spotlight goes to… Joseph Bell Hometown: Gainesville, Georgia Earning his Master’s Degree in Accountancy at Mercer University   About The Ambassador Program The Surgent CPA Review’s Student Ambassador Program is a leadership program that offers students an opportunity to enhance their business skills, gain exposure to the accounting industry, and most importantly […]

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 […]

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 […]

Despite the pop-culture portrayal of accountants, the available career paths for number crunchers are surprisingly diverse. Two of the biggest credentials in the industry are the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credential and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) credential. To give you a better idea of deciding between CMA vs CPA, let’s consider the differences between […]

Deciding to become a CPA is a huge step in your career; it’s a tough path that will mark you as an expert in your field (and the pay raise isn’t bad either). However, taking the CPA exam amid a full-time job can seem daunting at its best and completely overwhelming at its worst. Luckily, […]

Failing the CPA isn’t a great feeling, but with four separate sections, each with a pass rate around 50%, it’s likely candidates will have one failure under their belt before they pass. It can be intimidating to jump back into the game after you’ve failed the CPA exam, but with the right study plan we […]

With flexible scheduling, the ability to niche, and work that truly helps others, owning a small business advising practice is a great career path for accounting students. But building a business takes hard work, patience and persistence; it’s a path reserved for those who are willing to put in the time and make it their […]