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How to become a CPA

While accounting careers range from clerical positions to chief financial officers, in most states only a certified public accountant may audit financial statements any company releases to the public, says Judy Thomas, MBA, a CPA who teaches in the accounting program at the University of Phoenix® Colorado Campus. “Every type of business can benefit from the ...

How to break into forensic accounting

Forensics aren’t limited to the world of police and TV crime shows. From big financial scandals, like Bernie Madoff’s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, to identity theft to embezzlement, the field of forensic accounting offers plenty of opportunities to detect fraud and help protect the public.

How to discuss difficult subjects with your boss

When it comes to challenging conversations, it might seem like it’s easier to talk to almost anyone other than your boss. But sometimes you must approach your supervisor about a tough subject, such as asking for a raise or requesting time off to handle a personal issue.

How to maximize the value of an MBA

If you’re looking to get a leg up on the competition, earning an MBA and adding it to your academic credentials can help push you into a higher income bracket: The median weekly income for people with a master’s degree is $234 higher than for those with a four-year degree, and the unemployment rate is a full percentage point lower, federal statistics show....

8 business email etiquette blunders

You probably use email almost every day at work. It’s quick and convenient, but that means it’s also easy to mismanage. Poor email etiquette can make you look unprofessional, rude or just plain clueless. Here, two communications experts share eight common work email faux pas and how to avoid them:  

5 surprising human resource jobs

There’s more to human resources (HR) than processing paperwork and reviewing resumés, says Sam Sanders, PhD, a certified senior professional in human resources, and campus college chair for the School of Business at the University of Phoenix Atlanta Campus.

What is an environmentally sustainable business?

Today, an increasing number of companies use the words “green” or “environmentally sustainable” when describing their organizations, goods or services. But what exactly do those words mean?

“An environmentally sustainable business is one that considers the impact ...

How to write a business plan

Launching a new business can be a challenge, even for professionals who’ve done it before. Having a solid business plan is a key first step.

“A lot of entrepreneurs start with a great idea and a lot of passion,” says Kathryn Adair, MA, an instructor in the entrepreneurship program at the ...

5 ways to use HR to your advantage

Sam Sanders, PhD, has watched the human resource game change completely during his long HR career.

“Today’s HR department is less about just hiring and firing and putting out personnel fires,” says Sanders, campus college chair for the School of ...

5 ways to work with a young boss

Don’t worry — you’re not the only worker facing an age gap on the job. According to a survey by CareerBuilder, one-third of U.S. workers have a younger boss. Most of those surveyed said they had no problem working for a younger supervisor. But the situation can be startling at first.

5 ways to become a self-leader

Why should you become a self-leader?

“Because you can’t lead others if you can’t lead yourself,” says Lisa Brizendine, an online instructor of teacher leadership courses for University of Phoenix....

How transparency at work can boost your career

The term “transparency” gets thrown around a lot these days — from people demanding a transparent government to consumers wanting transparency from companies whose goods and services they buy.

But what does it mean at work?...

What can an associate degree do for you?

Earning a college degree doesn’t have to take four years. You can finish an associate degree in as little as two years and gain the skills to help increase your job opportunities, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

5 SEO tips for small-business owners

If you create a website for your business but no one knows where it is, can you make a sale? Probably not. Unlike brick-and-mortar stores, websites are hard to stumble upon. If your business doesn’t appear in a search engine results page (SERP) and no one knows your site’s address, customers won’t find you....

Can spiritual intelligence improve workplaces?

If you have ever dreaded going to work each day because you felt your job lacked meaning, you’re not alone. It’s a common sentiment in the business world, according to Nsombi Jaja, a management consultant and graduate of the University of Phoenix Doctor of Business Administration program.

How employers can foster ethics at work

What can supervisors do to ensure that employees behave ethically?

It’s up to management to set clear ethical boundaries, says Michael Smith, who teaches online ethics courses for business programs at University of Phoenix. He notes that employees should never have to guess about what their ...

5 ways to work well in a team

“Today’s jobs require teamwork,” says Doug Dribben, JD, a retired U.S. Army major and judge advocate general who teaches general studies courses at the University of Phoenix Maryland Campus. But it can sometimes be a challenge to work well in a group, he acknowledges.

5 advantages of an MBA

Learning how to create a detailed business plan is just one advantage of earning an MBA, according to Barbara Schifano, who holds a doctorate in education and teaches in the MBA program at the University of Phoenix Main Campus. Business school students, she says, also acquire a variety of skills that they can apply in a wealth of industries and a range of occupations....

How to get PMP certification

If you have a head for managing corporate projects, getting Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification can bump up your resumé to a whole new level of respectability.

Offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI), “PMP certification is the ...

Why get a doctorate?

Think earning a doctorate means becoming a college professor? “This is a common myth,” says Ruby Rouse, PhD, a marketing consultant and an instructor in the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies (SAS).

“People think there is only one flavor of a doctorate — a PhD,” which trains ...

5 retail careers that might surprise you

The salesclerk asks if you found everything you were looking for, rings you up and places your items in a bag. You nod, take your purchases and leave. If you’ve only been on the consumer end of such transactions, you may think this familiar scenario pretty much defines retail work.

Why get a CFA?

If you want to get ahead in the competitive financial industry, the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) designation may help give you a leg up, says Kent Moser, a financial consultant who helped develop the curriculum for the University of Phoenix MBA program with a concentration in Finance.

5 IT fields in demand

With advances in information technology changing how businesses operate, growth in the industry means more careers for skilled workers.

“The world is moving toward specialization,” says Yen Hoe Lee, director of IT for a health care company and an online instructor in the University of ...

5 ways working in the cloud is changing business

Working "in the cloud” is making old-school desktop computers, disc drives and bulky servers a thing of the past.

“In cloud computing, the data storage is spread across dozens, hundreds or thousands of servers [on] the Internet,” instead of one local server, ...

You can become a transformational leader

There’s no denying it: The concept of transformational leadership has become hot. Hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons praised New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for being a transformational leader in a Huffington Post blog. So what exactly is this trendy way of motivating others?