What skills and attributes does an accounting graduate need? Evidence from student perceptions and employer expectations

Kavanagh, Marie H. and Drennan, Lyndal (2008) What skills and attributes does an accounting graduate need? Evidence from student perceptions and employer expectations. Accounting and Finance, 48 (2). pp. 279-300. ISSN 0810-5391

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For some years there has been much debate between various stakeholders about the need for accounting graduates to develop a broader set of skills to be able to pursue a career in the accounting profession. This study uses mixed methods to examine perceptions and expectations of two major stakeholders: students and employers. Findings indicate that students are becoming aware of employers’ expectations in terms of communication, analytical, professional and teamwork skills. While employers are still expecting a good understanding of basic accounting skills and strong analytical skills, they are also requiring ‘business awareness’ and knowledge in terms of the ‘real world’. Both students and employers report that many of the ‘essential’ non technical and professional skills and attributes are not being developed sufficiently in university accounting programs.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Copyright is retained by the authors. The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2009 02:16
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2014 02:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: education of accountants; key attributes and skills; student perceptions; employer expectations; skill gaps
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940599 Work and Institutional Development not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-629x.2007.00245.x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4540

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