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AICPA launches Young CPA Network to provide tools, resources for new professionals.

The AICPA has launched the Young CPA Network in an effort to address the needs of and support for young professionals. This initiative was spearheaded by AICPA Chair Leslie Murphy to connect to and inspire the profession's future leaders.

"This is a great time to be starting out as a CPA," says Murphy. "Like never before, businesses are looking for people who have the unique combination of education, objectivity and financial insight that distinguishes our profession. Young CPAs are in a great position to make a real difference in business as well as in the work of the profession."

The demands placed on young professionals make it difficult for them to identify and access the resources of their professional associations. The Young CPA Network is designed to provide a place where young CPAs can go to find information and resources geared toward their needs.

"The Young CPA Network will help CPAs 35 years of age or less become more engaged in the profession and help them connect to resources and tools to enrich and support their careers," says Murphy. The Network includes a monthly e-newsletter, The Edge, as well as a dedicated Web site (www.aicpa.org/YoungCPANetwork).

On the Web site, young CPAs can find tools and resources to help them map out their skill development needs, get networking and work/life balance advice and learn about CPE options. Career development ideas, an overview of professional issues and ways to get involved in the profession can all be found on the site.

Also featured is an online "Ask a CPA" question-and-answer service that allows young CPAs to ask a more experienced CPA career-related questions via e-mail. In a recent survey of young CPAs, the AICPA found that 77% of respondents found value in having access to an anonymous service of this kind. CPA volunteers will be answering the questions and responding directly to the inquiries.

The Edge, a targeted monthly e-newsletter, provides updates on professional issues, insight into career development and professional growth ideas, as well as work/life balance guidance.

For more information on the Young CPA Network:

[website] www.aicpa.org/YoungCPANetwork

* youngcpanetwork@aicpa.org
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