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Alternative Career Paths for CPAs

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

Careers for CPAs can seem pretty cut and dry: get your accounting degree, pass the CPA exam and then start out as an entry-level staff accountant in public and work your way up, or switch over to industry at some point. However, the skills required to pass the CPA Exam and become a CPA, and […]

Your faculty advisor can be a tremendous resource for everything from career planning to preparing for your first interview. Here are 5 easy tips for building a relationship with this person!

Accounting Students: Your 9 Item Senior Year Checklist

By Megan Bierwirth

Whether you’d like to believe it or not, senior year means that you’re rounding the final lap of your four-year degree program, and will soon be making your entrance into the real world. This time can be particularly overwhelming for accounting students; between keeping up your grades, looking for a full-time job, and reconciling the […]

The end of the year means finishing finals, spending time with family, and gearing up for your internship. Many auditing and tax internships start in January, so you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. Whether you’ll be starting your internship in a few weeks or not for several months, you’ll want to check out […]

Career Advice for College Students: What to Do After Accepting a Job Offer

By Elizabeth Kolar, MBA, CPA, CGMA

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Whether you endured a grueling and extensive job search or were lucky enough to experience a smooth and relatively easy hiring process, there are few things more exciting than receiving that phone call or offer letter from your new employer, and graduating with a job offer in hand. But there are a few things you […]

7 Steps to Create the Perfect Elevator Pitch

By Shirley Claude, M.A.O.M

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Full disclosure: an elevator pitch doesn’t require an actual elevator. The reason for its name is that you should be able to deliver it in the amount of time it takes to complete a short elevator ride. What is an elevator pitch? An elevator pitch (sometimes called an elevator speech) is a 30-60 second speech […]

Surgent Ambassador Spotlight- Brennan Burke

By Jordan Junqua

This month’s Surgent Ambassador Spotlight goes to… Brennan Burke Hometown: Sylva, North Carolina Earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy at Western Carolina 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, […]

Tales From a Big 4 Recruiter

By Dorothy Griffin

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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 […]

Surgent Ambassador Spotlight

By Jordan Junqua

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 […]

10 Things Candidates Need to Know About CPA Exam Prep

By Megan Bierwirth

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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 […]