Employers’ perspectives of accounting graduates and their world of work: software use and ICT competencies

Daff, Lyn ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8977-3872 (2021) Employers’ perspectives of accounting graduates and their world of work: software use and ICT competencies. Accounting Education: An International Journal, 30 (5). pp. 495-524. ISSN 0963-9284

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Abstract

This study investigates students’ learning needs to prepare them for workplaces characterised by rapidly changing information and communication technology (ICT) requirements. Interviews enabled employers to give their perspectives on the types and extent of software used by accounting graduates, their required workplace ICT competencies and the extent to which graduates met employers’ ICT competency expectations. Overall, employers’ expectations of graduates in the workplace are higher although they have mixed views about their ICT competencies. It remains essential for graduates to have a sound foundation of accounting skills. Graduates need to understand how transactions move through the accounting process so that they can evaluate the reasonableness of accounting information. The study highlights where enhancements can be made to courses. These findings can be used by accounting educators in the planning and delivery of accounting programmes to ensure that accounting graduates have the essential ICT competencies required for their future careers.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2021 05:59
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2021 01:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: accounting, employers, generic skills, ICT competencies, software
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080399 Computer Software not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150102 Auditing and Accountability
Fields of Research (2020): 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3501 Accounting, auditing and accountability > 350102 Auditing and accountability
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4605 Data management and data science > 460599 Data management and data science not elsewhere classified
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390103 Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 22 INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SERVICES > 2201 Communication technologies, systems and services > 220199 Communication technologies, systems and services not elsewhere classified
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280106 Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160301 Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
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Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09639284.2021.1935282
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43965

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