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The robots are coming!

Will you – or your job – be replaced by an automaton?

Deloitte goes ‘contextual’

Deloitte has changed its selection process.

It's village life for Deloitte recruits

As part of a new initiative with Get Living London, more than 40 of Deloitte’s 2015 graduate intake have moved into East Village (the former Athletes’ Village at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park).

How to deal with stress

Nicki Cresswell offers some tips on how you can keep calm and carry on

Working for the taxman: a PQ profile

Matt Jones, External Financial Management Lead at HMRC, tells PQ what it’s like to work for the high-profile agency and outlines his career path to date

What skills do you need?

Karen Young discusses the importance of developing the skills that employers are looking for

Your career problems solved: what can I put on my CV?

Be as open and honest on your CV as you can, says Walker Dendle’s Jordan Dodds

So how long will it take you to pass?

Professional accountancy exams are tough. But did you have any expectations about just how long it might take you to qualify?

Wellbeing a vital student issue

Accountancy students need to look seriously at creating an environment that breeds wellbeing and resilience if they want to succeed, says leading tutor Mike Pennington. That way they will be able to cope with what life throws at them, he said. First Intuition’s Pennington recalled invigilating a CIMA exam just last year when a student fainted half way through. The student had to abandon the exam. And, the reason for this fail? “I forgot to eat”.

Meet our PQ of the Year

PQ magazine caught up with Stephanie Moonan, our current PQ of the Year. Could it be your turn in 2016?

Settling into a new role

Starting a new job? Nervous? Karen Young offers advice on how to calm your new job nerves

The workplace: the hardest question of all

So what was the toughest question you’ve ever been asked at interview?

No ordinary Joe

ICAEW/CIOT name first prize winner for its new joint programme exam

Exam grades don’t add up

In a bold move, EY has removed academic qualifications from its entry criteria for the 2016 graduate, undergraduate and school leaver intake.

Qualification base widened

MSc or MBA? CIPFA members have plenty of choices for online professional development

Take your pick: your career options

What are your options once you’ve finally got qualified? Karen Young explains all

The workplace: the perfect CV

PQ editor Graham Hambly gives some pointers on writing a winning CV

Book review: crack that interview

Why You? 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again by James Reed (Penguin £9.99)

Do you pass ‘posh’ test for elite job?

Top accountancy firms are systematically excluding bright working-class applicants from their workforce, says the latest report from the Social Mobility & Child Poverty Commission.

The workplace: finding your dream job

Shahid Nawaz offers some tips for PQs wanting a new role

Emotional intelligence is key

Nike Lawal offers you some self-improvement advice

The workplace: exploiting social media

Social media can help your job search, says Karen Young

Help at hand for generation rent

PQ magazine went to meet ACCA-qualified Payal Bhavnani, who has launched a website for property renters – @asktenants.co.uk

A complete approach to audit

CIPFA and ICAS launch ground-breaking integrated qualification for auditors

Find your special 1%

HSBC’s Naomi Bowman, guest speaker at the ICAEW’s prizegiving event, explains the importance of finding your ‘uniqueness’. You need to find out what you are passionate about and stop competing

The workplace: telephone/video interviews

Karen Young explains how you can succeed at a telephone or video interview

Gender pay gap is getting wider

The gender pay gap for ICAEW accountants in business has widened, according to a new survey from the ICAEW and Stott & May.

Diversity makes business sense

ACCA is calling for an increase in gender diversity to boost business performance. In its latest report, ‘Increasing gender diversity to boost performance’, it says that many barriers still exist to achieving more equal representation of women and other social groups in senior management positions.

The workplace: making an impact

Karen Young explains how you can make a positive impact in your first two months in a new job

The workplace: building your nework

Karen Young offers advice on how to build your personal brand online and in person

Record recruitment of new graduates

Graduate recruitment at Britain’s top employers is set to reach its highest level in more than a decade this year, and accounting and finance is leading the way. Research by High Fliers Research confirms that top employers increased their graduate recruitment by 7.9% in 2014, and are set to expand their vacancies for university-leavers by a further 8.1% in 2015.

A career as a zombie!

Working in finance can open up a whole new world.

ACCA picks Pearson Vue

The ACCA has unveiled that it is now targeting late 2016 for the introduction of CBEs for its skills level exams (F5-F9).

Health living: life in the NHS

We ask an accountancy trainee in the NHS Programme who’s studying CIPFA about their working life

Identifying your key strengths

Karen Young offers advice on how you can tell what you are good at

The workplace: look them straight in the eye

Richard King, former managing partner of EY, revealed recently that he used Martin Johnson’s ‘eye test’ to decide if his fellow partners were up for it and fully on board with his approach and ideas. Like former England rugby captain Johnson, King would look into the eyes of each partner and ask them a series of short questions to determine their level of commitment to what he was proposing.

Beware social media!

Accountants should keep professional ethics in mind at all times when using social media, says the ICAEW’s David Stevens

The workplace: planning your next move

Karen Young, Director at Hays Accountancy & Finance offers advice on career planning for PQs

Double-digit salary rises here, says Hays

There was more good news on the job front for PQs this month, courtesy of the latest Hays salary and trends survey.

Grant Thornton lands mobility award

Social mobility award goes to Grant Thornton, thanks to its participation in CIPFA’s apprenticeship scheme

Land your CV at the top of the pile

Lucy Clamp explain how you can make your CV stand out from the rest

'I’m worried that I’m stuck in a rut'

A PQ writes: I hope you can provide some much needed advice please. I am a part qualified CIMA accountant. I have completed the first level of the qualification. My work experience is quite limited at present – I have worked in AP departments on the purchase ledger and expenses for a few years (on and off due to health problems). I feel that my current experience is not taking me anywhere in terms of career progression as I am working in purchase ledger as a temp. What do the experts recommend as the ideal

The workplace: want to be an entrepreneur?

New Deloitte initiative set to open doors for would-be entrepreneurs

KPMG makes bold diversity promise

KPMG has ‘outed’ itself with the announcement of detailed diversity targets and the promise of greater transparency.

The workplace: take control of your career

Hays’ Tony Stevens gives advice on how to develop your career plan and highlights the importance of taking control of your career

The workplace: getting to partner level

Karen Young discusses the findings of the Hays ‘DNA of a Partner’ report

More doors open to AAT membership

The AAT explains why it is putting out the welcome mat to students of other bodies

The road ahead

Hays’ Karen Young explains the options facing newly qualified accountants

The workplace: get yourself connected

Never underestimate the importance of networking – it could be the making of you, says a new report

The workplace: how get to the top

Clare Needham offers five tips for getting to the top – while retaining your human qualities

Age is no barrier

We spoke to Jasmine Brook, just 22 but already qualified. She works for Wellers Accountants as a supervisor

In praise of internal auditing

Paul Clutton discusses the benefits of a rewarding career in internal audit

Record number of women promoted by Big 4 firms

PwC now has more women equity partners than any other accountancy firm, after announcing a record number of new partner promotions.

Hit the ground running

Karen Young discusses the skills newly qualified accountants need in order to develop their careers

The workplace: what do employers want?

LSBF and GAAPweb discover what accounting employers want from PQs

Daydream believer: top accountant, top author

Anna Belfrage combines her job as CFO of Bejer Electronics with a successful writing career. She tells PQ how she does it

What makes a PQ of the year?

PQ magazine editor Graham Hambly visited our current champion at work to find out what makes him so special

Harnessing the power of social media

Karen Young suggests five ways you can make social media work for you when you are looking for a new job

Gender pay gap just gets wider

What is the difference between a male and female chartered accountant? According to the latest ICAEW salary survey, around £50,000 in pay!

Profile: Vini Aujila

PQ spoke to Vini Aujla, co-founder of Vini & Bal’s Indian curry sauces business, about her time as a PQ and her career to date

Remuneration: Benefits matter

Don’t overlook the value of company benefits and development opportunities, says Karen Young

The workplace: tackling depression

More than 90% of people believe that admitting to a mental health condition could damage their career prospects.

Working experience changes for AATs

AAT moves from measuring hours to skills gained

Get a flying start

PwC and Nottingham Business School launch a new quick route to qualification

A call for help

More and more accountants asking for help over mental health issues

Time to work agile!

Deloitte has launched a new approach to agile working, find out how it works

Time to network

Are you fully connected with the business world? What should you be doing?

Graduates are in demand

Big 4 firm PwC has announced it is taking on a record number of graduates this year.

Does work stress you?

Stressed and overweight is how many ICAEW members feel going into 2014, according to the CABA’s second annual Wellbeing Survey.

Getting qualified: how much again?

We revisit the thorny question of the cost of getting qualified. PQ editor Graham Hambly reports

Gearing up for growth

Employers are competing fiercely to secure the services of a small pool of PQs who are looking to move jobs, says Mark Sheldon

The workplace: have a life, get a job!

We know that employers are increasingly using Facebook to screen job applicants and weed out candidates they deem to have ‘undesirable’ traits. However, a new study from North Carolina State University shows that many firms have a fundamental misunderstanding of online behaviour and, as a result, may be eliminating desirable job candidates.

How much?

What will it cost you to get your accountancy qualification?

The workplace: the ‘red sneaker’ effect

Accountants are known, rightly or wrongly, for their conformity when it comes to business dress.

How to cope with life after exams

Karen Young, Director at Hays Accountancy & Finance offers advice on career planning

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