Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Institute Launches: New Career Website for Future CPAs

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Institute Launches: New Career Website for Future CPAs

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The Institute launched a new website, This Way To CPA, devoted to the needs of college students interested in becoming CPAs and graduates preparing for the CPA examination.

The site, www.thiswaytocpa.com, provides career insights, career planning resources, studying strategies and social networking opportunities. It follows the AICPA's Start Here, Go Places website, which was introduced in 2001 to help high school students explore careers in accounting.

Following are some of the site's key features:

* Tell us where you are includes a timeline that allows visitors to select where they stand in college or in their career path, and provides them with resources pertaining to the specific stage. Timeline stages range from "Spankin' new," "Declared the major" and "Graduating soon" to "In exam land" and "Newly licensed."

* Community provides a forum where students and exam candidates can share their thoughts and experiences concerning the CPA exam and licensure, careers and internships, college and graduate school, and achievements and challenges. Visitors can participate in polls and discussions about topics that are top-of-mind for students and recent graduates. The community experience is further enhanced through Facebook, Twitter and a YouTube channel.

* State Requirements includes an interactive map with details on becoming a CPA in each of the 50 states and U.S. territories, including information on exam and state-licensure requirements: residency, number of hours of education and experience, academic degree, age and ethics. …

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