Forums provide online mentors for students.

Online Network for Students

Many universities already have 24-hour libraries for students' convenience. But now, students also can turn to a 24-hour online resource: AccountingNet has opened a Web site especially for students at . The site offers daily headline news on accounting and other issues; job listings; a monthly column covering subjects such as resume advice and interview tips; and a "Study Break" section for fun. Students can link to a discussion forum where both novices and experienced accountants can exchange ideas. For example, a student posted a query on how to land a job with a big firm. A small-firm CPA responded in detail about the advantages of working for a smaller firm and suggested the student widen her job search.

Also included on the student pages is information on a $3,000 scholarship that AccountingNet, Great Plains Software and IBM are offering. Applications, which can be downloaded, are due by March 15.

Still more information
Another resource for students is AICPA Online (, which has a wealth of information, including discussion forums, and is open to the general public. The Institute itself does not provide "official" answers to posted forum queries, but experienced CPAs frequently offer opinions.


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