There is a nice addition to the AICPA Web site at www.aicpa.org/YoungCPANetwork. It is geared to those just beginning their careers in accounting. The sections that caught my attention were Mentoring, Career Planning & Development, Work/Life Balance and Professional Issues.

It is not only the new generation of accountants that can benefit from exploring this section of the AICPA Web site, but also firms themselves. Work/life balance in particular, is an important concern of younger generation CPAs. It would do firms well to understand and modify their operations by taking work/life balance into consideration. Too many firms think the only way they will be able to improve staff retention is by increasing salaries. In fact, attention to work/life balance might be the most important key.

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