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What skills and attributes does an accounting graduate need? Evidence from student perceptions and employer expectations by Marie H. Kavanagh and Lyndal Drennan

By: Kavanagh, Marie H.
Contributor(s): Drennan, Lyndal.
Series: Accounting and Finance.Publisher: , Australia 2008Description: 279-300.Subject(s): ACCOUNTING EDUCATION | EMPLOYERS | CAREERS | Education_and_TrainingOnline resources: Click here to access online Summary: Examines whether accounting graduates need broader skills than routine accounting knowledge when entering the workforce. Looks at both students' and employers' perceptions and concludes that 'business awareness' and 'real-world knowledge', alongside basic accounting and strong analytical skills, are being increasingly sought by employers and cultivated by students. Reports that both students and employers feel many of these 'essential' non-technical and professional skills are being insufficiently developed in university accounting programmes.
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Examines whether accounting graduates need broader skills than routine accounting knowledge when entering the workforce. Looks at both students' and employers' perceptions and concludes that 'business awareness' and 'real-world knowledge', alongside basic accounting and strong analytical skills, are being increasingly sought by employers and cultivated by students. Reports that both students and employers feel many of these 'essential' non-technical and professional skills are being insufficiently developed in university accounting programmes.

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