The choice of accounting as a career

Authored by: Beverley Jackling

The Routledge Companion to Accounting Education

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415697330
eBook ISBN: 9781315889801
Adobe ISBN: 9781134511518


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This chapter examines the choice of accounting as a career to provide perspectives about the future of the profession in a global environment. Background literature on choice of accounting that outlines the influences on the supply of accountants for the profession is provided. The chapter also reviews Holland’s model of occupational choice in relation to career decision-making. Furthermore, it examines the role of professional accounting bodies in promoting accounting as a career choice, and addresses the need for accounting educators to provide a realistic vision of the work of accountants via curriculum design. Recommendations are provided for reshaping the curriculum together with recognition of the need for a greater emphasis on the professional development of accounting educators to improve the ‘currency’ of accounting education. An appropriate image portrayed of the accounting profession, as well as the work of accountants, requires efforts from a range of sources, including career counsellors, educators and professional accounting bodies.

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