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Taxpayers: Welcome to ‘The Portal’

There is a movement among accounting firms to bring their clients into “the portal,” and it is gaining momentum. Anyone who does online banking is familiar with the portal when they check their balances, transfer funds and designate electronic payments.

Now Certified Public accountants may now offer similar access to personal and financial information while maintaining the vital security and privacy so critical in protecting it from third parties. My firm— Lawson, Rescinio, Schibell & Associates— is partnering with Wolters Kluwer, an innovator in tax, accounting and auditing software solutions. It’s a system known as the CCH Axcess™ Portal.

This is likely to change the face of tax preparation, for starters, as well as alleviating the deadline stress associated with it. File sharing programs were a step up above email and paper, but the portal is destined to usher in a whole new era for professionals in our business and their clients.

The chief concern for clients contemplating the portal is security. That keeps financial information confidential between you and your financial advisor or tax preparer, along with other associates you feel should have access, such as a spouse or business partner. It starts at the accounting firm’s website, a secure username and password, and you enter the portal shielded by an encrypted connection. You are now in a secure environment where you can immediately change and exchange sensitive data and other information that could be fodder for identity thieves.

This is high-level stuff right now, sending a message to potential clients that they are dealing with a true professional keyed into the latest technology. It may be an elite offering from your CPA in 2015, but it will assuredly become the standard way of doing business for accounting professionals in the not-so-distant future.

The technology that makes this both possible and effective is known as Secure Socket Layer (SSL), which establishes an encrypted connection between the client and the web server. You can quickly transfer large data files for review, as well as electronic tax returns, documents and financial documents with the advantage of 24/7 access.

This is truly a collaborative system, and the only parties securely designated as users by the client may enter the portal at that end. It may be as many or as few users as the client chooses, bearing in mind that access means users being able to view and retrieve all of the information.

As the provider of the CCH Axcess™ Portal promises: “You will be able to deliver the highest level of customer service through fast, streamlined communication, while staying compliant with data privacy and breach notification legislation.”

— Mike Rescinio, Lawson, Rescinio, Schibell & Associates, Oakhurst, NJ. To learn more about Lawson, Rescinio, Schibell & Associates and how they are using these tools, please call them at (732) 531-8000.

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Tracy has been an education professional for over 20 years. She loves sharing knowledge, helping other find their path in life and everything coconut.

Tips for Affording International Study


You may have a dream of studying abroad, to travel to exotic lands while following a passion or career

path, but feel blocked by barriers of cost. However, with good planning and a bit of creativity, it could be more affordable than you think.

Getting there is half the battle, so get there on the cheap. Shop around for the best deal on airline tickets. Use a reputable comparative price search website, like Travelocity, to save tons of money on your airline tickets

Check alternative routes. The cheapest total cost of travel may not involve flying directly to a faraway destination. Do some research and compare the costs of alternate stop-overs and even rates to neighboring countries. It may be much cheaper to fly to the country next door and then take a local commuter flight or a bus to your final destination

Look for an internship or apprenticeship. Learning skills on the job, while working for an established company or a master craftsman is often much more valuable than book learning

Try teaching in a language immersion program. You can make a decent salary teaching your native
tongue, even without knowing the local language.

Consider working for a charity or NGO. You could experience the culture, gain valuable life experience
and help people at the same time.

Work at an Eco-resort. If you are interested in wildlife conservation, photography or just love nature, why not work there? They are always in a need of guides, instructors, maintenance people or drivers.

Keep your living expenses down. Shop local farmers markets and cook your own food. Ask the locals where they like to eat. It will be less expensive and probably be the best food in. You ca also utilize public transportation, like buses and trains or tuktuks.

Stay safe. Nothing can ruin a trip like getting ill. Be sure to have health insurance and research the location’s local health facilities.

Mind your manners and know the local laws. No one wants a rowdy tourist around. Pay special
attention to drug laws. In many countries a minor drug possession charge may lead to life in prison.

Try to blend in with the locals as much as possible. Dress like the locals and be aware of your
surroundings to prevent yourself from being a victim of street crime.

Check the travel alerts from the US State Department to stay away from war zones or epidemics.

Put together a group that will travel and study together. You could find companions among friends,
on social media or through a local university. Book air travel together. Shop at Cheap o Air for group rates that could save you lots of money. You can also share housing. For shorter trips, book a hotel suite. You could stay someplace much nicer than you could afford alone. Ask for roll-away beds or rough it on the floor with sleeping bags. For longer stays, rent an apartment together.

Follows these tips and you will soon be on your way to an incredible international study experience.

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Tracy has been an education professional for over 20 years. She loves sharing knowledge, helping other find their path in life and everything coconut.

Is a Master of Science in Education Leadership Wor...

Many people worry about whether taking additional college courses is worth the time and money. In many professions, there is a genuine concern over whether a graduate will have a job once they complete their education. However, the educational field is one that has many opportunities available, including principal and superintendent positions.

Principals and Heads of School

Principals and heads of school play very vital roles in the education of students. Even though positions in a public school are very popular, many have begun to realize just how essential this position is in a private school setting. A school’s principal is a visible leader who can make a major difference in how well the staff work together, and help create a greater sense of vision for the school. New leaders often help change struggling schools for the better. In addition to public and private schools, principals also play an important role in managing the growing number of virtual academies.

School Superintendents

A school superintendent has a very important role in the life of a city or county school district. Because superintendents have a more high-profile role than many other educators, it is essential for people in these positions to have a particular skill set. Some of the things a superintendent may be called upon to do in their position is help correct problems with underperforming schools. Another, lesser-known role that many play is ensuring testing compliance, where applicable, for parents of homeschooled children who are not enrolled in a virtual academy or another correspondence school.

College Deans

Many programs, such as those offered at NSU, help provide the necessary skills for graduates to work as college deans. Developing the various academic programs that the college offers is just one part of a dean’s role. They also have to cope with issues concerning the hiring and firing of faculty, a task that requires good discernment skills. One of the most important things to remember is that a dean is one of the most important representatives of a college. Many people will judge the quality of the college by its leadership.

There are many great opportunities that a graduate has access to with a Master of Science in Education Leadership. The right person in this position could be a game-changer. In any case, a person with this degree has a lot of great opportunities available to them.

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Tracy has been an education professional for over 20 years. She loves sharing knowledge, helping other find their path in life and everything coconut.

Getting a Job in the AV Field

“Obtaining a job in any career field requires a set of skills that remain pretty standard no matter which company is interviewing. The A/V industry requires all of the same skills, whether tangible or intangible, depending on which department is being discussed.” Says Katie Pahira of CSAV Systems in New Jersey. For instance, a sales person requires a great deal of “people skills”. Negotiating price, suggesting alternate plans, and creating long term relationships with clients can be tricky, sometimes tense, however learning how to talk with people, understanding the concept of empathy, and always being conscious of voice tone can build a strong intangible skill that will be attractive in any sales position.

Many companies now-a-days are concentrating more on their marketing efforts and the A/V industry, again, is no different. A marketer must be a good communicator and empathetic negotiator, but also must be creative and have the ability to adapt in changing circumstances. Whether a marketing agent is working on a company website, social media platforms, or other campaigns, the ability to make their company stand out above all the others is the goal. Imaginative marketing and advertising will achieve this goal and allow for the ability to adapt to new trends. These are the best skills for a marketer to employ.

The A/V industry does, however, have a unique department that requires a whole different set of skills. Of course, this is the technology department. Audio/Video technicians must have not only the intangible skills that the sales and marketing team possess; they must retain elusive skills of their own as well as physical skills in the field.

As a technician, the most obvious skill to be acquired is knowledge of the equipment. This skill, although apparent, requires constant self-educating as technology changes almost on a daily basis. Being aware of the newest technologies not only assures the client they are getting the latest model of a piece of equipment, but perhaps the most cost effective one. For instance, a new LCD screen TV could cost double the price of the previous model, while the technology isn’t that much better. Knowing this saves the client money while gaining their trust in having their best interest in mind, therefore making knowledge of the product a skill of value for a technician.

Since half of an A/V technician’s job is the A – audio, having acoustical expertise, or developing an “ear” for any given project area is attractive to the client, and in turn, attractive to a potential employer. Every environment has a different way of absorbing or bouncing sound. Being able to recognize these differences, and having the knowledge to work with them, allows a technician to better outfit the room or area with the proper equipment for the best A/V system.

In the Audio Video Industry, it is not only important to retain these skills, but to know when and how to use them. Whether looking for employment, or simply looking to excel in the field of technology, refining these skills is vital to be an attractive candidate, and provide the confidence needed to be a five-tool player in any job, no matter in what field or industry that job may be. Intangible skills take time to refine, and a lot of the learning, whether hands on or impalpable, takes place in the workforce. But as professionals, we should always strive to keep active, keep learning, and keep acquiring any skills we can.

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Tracy has been an education professional for over 20 years. She loves sharing knowledge, helping other find their path in life and everything coconut.

Reasons to Become a Nurse in California

Becoming a nurse is extremely rewarding, and it allows a great deal of flexibility. Nursing is an ideal field for people who want to help others, especially those who are sick and injured. Here are a few reasons why one should consider becoming a nurse in California.

Demand is High

The need for registered nurses is continuing to grow. The growth has been steady, but should be at nearly a 30-percent increase by 2020. Nursing is the next-best healthcare profession to dentists, which has been identified as the best.

Due to the Affordable Care Act, there is a shortage of nurses currently. More people are getting healthcare daily causing a higher demand for nurses. It is expected that job openings will continue over the next decade, especially for nurses who are licensed.

Aging Baby Boomers Require Care

The number of baby boomers hitting the retirement ages is beginning to increase. This is bringing an influx of patients to physicians’ offices for regular check-ups, as well as nursing homes beginning to see more patients. Nurses are needed in the geriatric field to help create treatment plans and identify symptoms that could lead to serious conditions.

Current Nurses are Nearing Retirement

Many nurses, according to the American Nurses Association, are nearing the age of retirement. In fact, roughly half of all the nurses currently working will be ready to retire within the next five years. With the number of nurses retiring and the number of baby boomers needing care, the ANA is recognizing the need to get more people hired.

Technology is Adding to the Industry

Nurses are now needed to transfer diagnoses and other data into a computer system that patients can understand. Technology has advanced greatly in the medical field, and many places now use cloud computing to access anyone’s medical file with the proper release signed. People who already are experienced with computers, and data entry are in higher demand.

Immense Flexibility

Nursing has the same specialty options that physicians get, allowing people to investigate any type of nursing field. Some of the unique areas nurses can go into include staff on a sport’s team, cruise ship, travel companies, and plastic surgery. It is also easy to transition from one specialty to another, preventing burnout. This also allows a person to work in a doctor’s office or in a hospital, so many can find hours that work well with their family.

Higher Pay

In addition to the number of jobs for nurses growing, the salary is also on the rise. Registered nurses have gone from a mere $20,000 a year to well over $50,000 a year. It is possible to creep higher with the salary by specializing in areas that are of interest to the public, including home health care.

Nursing is still a very respected field and offers a lot of chances for growth. If nursing is something you are contemplating, visit to locate which programs in California best suit your needs.

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Tracy has been an education professional for over 20 years. She loves sharing knowledge, helping other find their path in life and everything coconut.

How to Create a Great Targeted CV

They say the way to get a job is to produce a CV that’s targeted towards the company you’re applying for. In other words, don’t produce an application and send the same one to a hundred different companies. Employers know when a CV hasn’t been targeted correctly. It’s blatantly obvious.

Keep reading for a complete breakdown of how to create a great targeted CV.

It’s All in the Ad

We’ll begin with the original job posting. A UPS application will be targeted by listening exactly to what the employer wants in their ad. It makes sense that you would pick out these attributes and ensure your CV meets them. You’d be surprised at how many people fail to do this.

View the Company Website

Your personal statement is the only area where you can write the company a message. You don’t need to list any particular skills if they’re already shown by your previous work experience and qualifications. These are wasted lines.

Get something unique by viewing the company’s website. It’s a goldmine for data on what a company wants from its employees. Many companies these days are fans of having a ‘Values’ page. Utilize what they say here for your own personal statement.

Targeting the Right Companies

We’ve gone through the two foundations of creating a great targeted CV. But you can have the most targeted CV in the world and it’s not going to matter if it doesn’t go to the right people. A UPS application should only go to UPS. The same application shouldn’t go to USPS, for example.

Increase your chances of getting a response by researching the companies before you start writing an application for them. Ask yourself whether you would hire you if you were in charge of that company.

It’s always better to apply to fewer relevant companies than an entire sector in industry.

Still in the Numbers Game

A targeted CV will never give you a job, or even a response. It’s always a numbers game because the world is so competitive these days. Make up the numbers, even if it means spending more time than you normally would on this kind of process.

A Final Word on the Basics

Obey the most basic rules of writing a job application. There are certain criteria you always have to meet when applying for any job.

  • Perfect spelling and grammar.
  • List your examples of relevant work experience.
  • List any formal qualifications you have, and make sure you can prove them if asked.
  • Use an acceptable font and stick with standard black.
  • Format to make everything simple and readable.

Easier than You Think

Targeted CVs are easier than you think to create. You already have most of the foundations in place. It’s just a matter of not giving in to temptation and adding absolutely everything, whilst simultaneously targeting every organization you come across. Learn to be selective about what you include and what you decide to leave out.

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Tracy has been an education professional for over 20 years. She loves sharing knowledge, helping other find their path in life and everything coconut.

Nursing Jobs Fastest Growing, Thousands Of High-Pa...

According to a report from the Center for Education and Workforce at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., there will be as many as 1.6 million nursing jobs created in the U.S. by 2020. As the baby boomers age, there will be a greater need for nursing professionals in almost every healthcare setting imaginable. However, the report goes on to state, hospitals and healthcare facilities will have 193,000 positions unfilled for a number of reasons.


High paying jobs


Nursing jobs are just as high-paying as they are demanding. Often running into 12-hour shifts of working on the feet and caring for others, the average salary for a licensed practical nurse (LPN) with an Associate’s degree is almost $43,000. Registered Nurses (RN) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing earn $68,910 a year and nurse practitioners with at least a master’s level degree can make $95.070 on an average.


There are several reasons according to the report, for why such a stable job and attractive pays are still leading to shortage of nurses at care facilities. One of the biggest reasons is the increasing need for nurses to care for the elderly. The baby boomer generation is aging and while there is plenty of demand, the supply is weakening. Many registered nurses are themselves aging, with over fifty percent of the nurses above the age of fifty. In the next ten to fifteen years, many will be retiring.


At the same time the focus of the Affordable Care Act on preventive care will lead to many new jobs in addition to the vacancies this will cause. Outpatient care will be back in great focus and there will be a need for professionals to fill positions like patient navigators, clinical coordinators etc.


High demand positions


Some of the fastest growing positions in the country today include that of nurse practitioner and registered nurses with clinical specialty across nearly all medical facility lists. RNs seeking to work as nurse practitioners are required to take a few additional years of masters’ level training in a degree program for the position of nurse practitioner. In their professional lives, they diagnose health, order diagnostics, prescribe medicines and help to educate caregivers as well as patients.


Preoperative nurses who care for patients before, after and during surgery are also in demand but 25 percent of existing operating room nurses will be retiring in a few years. RN case managers, certified RN anesthetist, nursing informatics specialist, trauma program manager are some of the other in-demand positions across the country.


Thousands of applicants to nursing schools rejected


Yet as the need for more nurses grows, there are fewer nurses graduating to meet the needs of society. This is because nursing schools are being unable to cope with the rise in demand. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing published a report in 2013-2014 in which it was revealed that nearly 79,000 applicants were turned away from graduate and baccalaureate programs in U.S. nursing schools because of a shortage of faculty, space in the classroom, clinical sites and constraints of budget. A survey was carried out and the results showed that nearly two thirds of nursing colleges participating claimed that a lack of sufficient faculty prevented them from accepting more candidates.


The Georgetown study also found that 37 percent of applicants who had the required test scores and the qualifications were unable to enter nursing schools for the same reason. Some of the biggest challenges hospitals face today is finding talent to fill specialized positions like oncology and neurosurgery.


According to industry experts, candidates looking for a well-paying career with plenty of room for growth, as well as job satisfaction that comes from taking care of others who need care will find plenty of opportunities in nursing, especially if they pursue higher education.

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Tracy has been an education professional for over 20 years. She loves sharing knowledge, helping other find their path in life and everything coconut.

Four Ways To Enhance Your Career In The Hospitalit...

Although there are many exciting career fields that an individual could opt to enter, hospitality can be particularly intriguing. If you have already determined that this is the right vocational path for you, it’s important that you start building a solid career right now. To make it happen, be sure to implement the following four strategies:

1. Network.

If you’re serious about building a solid career in hospitality, networking is immensely important. Although the term “networking” is used in a plethora of distinct ways, it typically refers to the process of connecting with individuals who could eventually become business partners or clients. There are a wide range of events you can participate in for networking purposes, such as conferences and lectures. Once you get started, try to attend events that will feature speakers within your industry. If you work in the gambling and casino sector, for example, it would be prudent to attend an event featuring a great industry leader like Sid Vaikunta. Vaikunta is a managing director at Star City and has extensive education and experience in the dynamic gambling and casino industry.

2. Invest In Ongoing Education.

Yet another thing you should do if you want to advance your career in the hospitality industry is to invest in ongoing education. In addition to expanding your knowledge and skill set, investing in ongoing education will keep you abreast with respect to the latest trends and best practices within the industry. Finally, investing in ongoing education oftentimes makes individuals more eligible for bonuses, raises, and promotions. Luckily, the rise of online learning has made it easier than ever for people to complete ongoing coursework. With online learning, you can oftentimes study at your own convenience. Moreover, you’re not bound to a physical classroom. For these reasons, online learning can be a particularly advantageous format for people who have full-time jobs or are raising families.

3. Get A Mentor.

Yet another strategy you should employ if you’re preparing to build a career in hospitality is to get a mentor. Mentors provide you with valuable personal and professional advice that will help you excel in your chosen field. Perhaps this is why individuals who have mentors tend to do better in their professional careers.

4. Give Back To The Local Community.

One more strategy you should consider when preparing for a career in hospitality is the importance of giving back to your local community. In so doing, you show your prospective clients that you really care about them. This can attract more business to your venues and open the door for philanthropic work that contributes positively to the world and also paves the way for your career advancement.


If you’re serious about building a great career in hospitality, note that there are many ways that you can move your career forward. By implementing one or all of the strategies outlined above, you will likely see the professional development that you desire.

About Tracy

Tracy has been an education professional for over 20 years. She loves sharing knowledge, helping other find their path in life and everything coconut.