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

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Daff, Lyn. 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/09639284.2021.1935282
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Employers’ perspectives of accounting graduates and their world of work: software use and ICT competencies

ERA Journal ID19328
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AuthorDaff, Lyn
Journal TitleAccounting Education: An International Journal
Journal Citation30 (5), pp. 495-524
Number of Pages30
Year2021
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0963-9284
1468-4489
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09639284.2021.1935282
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/epub/10.1080/09639284.2021.1935282?needAccess=true
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.

Keywordsaccounting, employers, generic skills, ICT competencies, software
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350102. Auditing and accountability
460599. Data management and data science not elsewhere classified
390103. Economics, business and management curriculum and pedagogy
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Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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