Professional Training and Development

Gathering Data to Support Informed Decisions

Some decisions—such as where to go to lunch, or what to wear to a work function—may require a bit of deliberation, but can ultimately be made relatively quickly. Yet if you are faced with a challenge that carries a heftier commitment of resources and has a greater impact on a larger number of people, you may find yourself seeking input from other sources. Indeed, when making an important decision, it is wise to gather and analyze information that could have an impact on your ultimate course of action. To start your information-gathering endeavor, consider the guidelines that author Jeff Butterfield presents in Read More…


What Is the Future of Accounting Education?

A reporter interviewed me on the changes I see forthcoming in accounting education. I thought these questions and my answers make a good summary for this issue of Trends.
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Accounting Instructors’ Report, Summer 2009: Table of Contents

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What Is the Future of Accounting Education?
Belverd E. Needles, Jr., Ph.D., CPA

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Best of the Blog: Crafting Engaging and Successful Lectures

As we wrap up this “Best-Of” series at the Cengage Learning Blog, we’re highlighting an article that addresses one of the soft skills that can greatly enhance your effectiveness as an instructor: your presentation style. In this popular post, Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins shows you how to “Say ‘Goodbye’ to the Boring Lecture.” Read on, and you’ll gather her top tips for lectures and presentations that engage students in the material you’re striving to communicate to them. Want more? Read the following posts, packed with suggestions for enhancing your professional and personal skills:

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Tips for Students: How to Make the Most of an Internship

For many students, an internship is an eagerly anticipated—or perhaps required—part of the college experience. An internship gives you a chance to put what you’ve learned in school to work in the “real world,” surrounds you with the opportunity to meet (and be mentored by) experienced people in your selected field, and helps confirm whether or not a certain career choice or job setting is the right one. For these reasons, it’s important to take your internship seriously, and endeavor to get as much out of it as you possibly can. In 100% Job Search Success, Second Read More…


Estimating and Managing Your Project Time Effectively

When you’re completing a project on your own or in collaboration with others, a schedule can be your best ally in ensuring that your plans and ideas come to fruition. Following that schedule can help ensure that you have adequate time to complete the work to your satisfaction; make it easier to stay on budget; and, ultimately, help you meet (or beat!) an established deadline. A carefully written schedule can also serve as a visible reminder that motivates you to stay on track and on task… especially when you’re distracted by other appealing opportunities (such as a summertime Read More…


Planning Travel — For Fun or Work

Summer is a time during which many of us take advantage of having a little bit of time available to plan trips. You may look forward to planning a vacation, attending an upcoming conference, or both. Whether your summer travel is for work or play, there are tips to keep in mind as you plan that can help make the process a bit easier and hopefully less stressful. In Access: Introduction to Travel and Tourism, Second Edition, author Marc Mancini outlines a few things to consider when planning your travel. First, he points out that although many airlines offer pop-up Read More…


Tips for Students: Polishing Your Professional Portfolio

As students wrap up work in your class, many of them are also getting set to apply for jobs. If that’s the case, pass along these suggestions for building an effective and impressive portfolio that can help them put themselves, and their work, in the best possible light. As many job seekers and hiring managers will tell you, a portfolio can be a useful way to demonstrate your proficiency within your area of study or professional expertise. Your portfolio can –and should — be as unique as you are. Depending on the field in which you work (or hope to work), Read More…


Improving Networking Effectiveness

When searching for a new job or embarking on a new career path, who you know can make all the difference. Someone who knows you and trusts in your professional skills putting in a good word on your behalf can go a long way to landing an interview, and ultimately, a job. In Active Interviewing: Branding, Selling, and Presenting Yourself to Win Your Next Job, author Eric P. Kramer writes that “research shows that as many as 70 percent of all jobs are found through networking” (154). There are many ways to make these all-important connections — Read More…


Helping Students Connect Coursework to Career Goals

Sometimes in life, we can get so caught up in the immediacy of meeting a goal that’s right in front of us that we “can’t see the forest for the trees.” For students who are working their way through college in pursuit of the goal of career success, this can often be the case. Certainly, they should focus on success in their individual courses — those achievements are crucial to their overall success and pivotal in reaching that ultimate goal. However, they’ll be much more motivated and engaged in that coursework if you can facilitate their ability to look Read More…