Accounting Graduate Employment Destinations and Commitment to CPD: A Study from Two Australian Universities

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Jackling, Beverley, De Lange, Paul and On, Joav Rav (2007) Accounting Graduate Employment Destinations and Commitment to CPD: A Study from Two Australian Universities. Accounting Education, 16 (4). pp. 329-343. ISSN 0963-9284


This study examined the main fields of employment as well as attitudes toward continuing professional development (CPD) and preferred employment of recent Australian accounting graduates. Responses from 310 accounting graduates provide revealing information for professional accounting bodies, academics and the accounting profession. It is apparent that accounting graduates are focused on CPD and have greater ambition than the current industry structure appears to be able to accommodate. The study included analysis of graduates' CPD intentions along with the disparity between respondents' expected and ideal sectors of employment, thus providing further insights into graduates' employment destinations. The results of the study unearthed concerns about the employment satisfaction of many graduates if their ambitions cannot be realistically fulfilled. Coupled with the very strong trend of accounting graduates shifting away from public practice, the ramifications of this research may be timely and relevant for the accounting profession in the new millennium. In particular, the research should be of interest to professional accounting bodies, academics and prospective employers in terms of graduates' perceptions of the need for postgraduate studies and preference for specific professional accounting qualifications as a feature of CPD.

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Accounting Education: an international journal

Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/09639280701646471
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Faculty of Business and Law
Historical > FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability
Keywords ResPubID14550, accounting graduate, accounting profession, career path, continuing professional development, postgraduate study
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