As younger people are joining the ranks of their parents and grandparents generations in the workforce, they are finding that office life is not quite like they imagined when they were in college. There is a bridge that must be crossed as one moves from college student to young professional to a bona fide professional. These are the emerging leaders that will move into positions of power and will shape the office-scape of tomorrow and how it will function. For younger go-getters there are a few roadblocks on the highway to the executive’s chair.
1. Bridging the “gap” between college and the “real world.”
2. Under-developed skill sets.
3. Work-life balance.
4. Limited networking opportunities.
5. Intimidation from bosses (partners and CFOs).
6. CPA exam (time, support, information).
7. Lack of a voice within the profession.
The 2011 Emerging Leaders conference will delve into many of the topics that are pertinent to younger professionals who may not be sure of the rules, or if these rules could – and should – be broken in a changing world. Take the time to enhance your technical and professional skills then enhance your networking skills with fellow CPAs. The Emerging Leaders Conference will take place Aug. 18-Aug. 19 at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston. Register for it online at SCACPA’s website.
Blogger: April Blake, Office & Member Services Coordinator, South Carolina Association of CPAs