What is the #1 issues facing young professionals and emerging leaders in the CPA Profession?
We asked them and they answered. First in a private ThinkTank session as follow-up to our 2014 Leadership Academy class and just last week at the AICPA EDGE (Young Professionals) Conference in New Orleans.
Their answers were consistent across both groups. and the #1 issue is:
Not enough time!
Turns out that helping them save time and grow as leaders was a major focus of my presentation, The Bounce – Maximizing Your Career Trajectory at the AICPA EDGE Conference after polling the 200 young professionals in the audience (poll results are slides 35-43).
The group was almost three quarters (74%) Gen-Y (millennials) and one quarter (25%) Gen-X and one Baby Boomer (1%). Two thirds came from Public Practice and 20% from Business and Industry, a emerging category of Consulting captured another 8% and Government and NFP was 8% with about 1% in Education.
Here are the top seven issues facing young professionals: