Enhancing students’ employability skills awareness through the accounting professional body on an undergraduate accounting degree

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Mistry, U. (2021). Enhancing students’ employability skills awareness through the accounting professional body on an undergraduate accounting degree. Accounting Education. 30 (6), pp. 578-600. https://doi.org/10.1080/09639284.2021.1950016
AuthorsMistry, U.
Abstract

Whilst there is an array of literature written about students’ skills development, there is a gap between skills development and what students can learn through a membership of professional accounting bodies. This study examines how being connected with a professional body, the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (ACCA) from the outset of their degree helps awareness of developing their employability skills via belonging to the profession. Using an online questionnaire, focus group meetings, and email reminders about the ACCA services offered, the findings show that ACCA student membership begins to help students identify with the profession and brings awareness to planning and developing both their technical and employability skills, assisting them in entry to the profession and the world of work. The results from this research illuminate the importance of integrating student membership into the curriculum so that students identify early with the career that they have chosen.

KeywordsAccounting; Education
Year2021
JournalAccounting Education
Journal citation30 (6), pp. 578-600
PublisherInforma UK Limited
ISSN0963-9284
1468-4489
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09639284.2021.1950016
Publication dates
Online08 Jul 2021
Publication process dates
Accepted07 Jun 2021
Deposited29 Jul 2021
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Controlled
Page range1-23
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