Critical Skills for Today's Accounting and Business Graduates

15 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2015

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Dov Fischer

Brooklyn College, Murray Koppelman School of Business

Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: March 1, 2015

Abstract

This paper describes skills that today’s accounting and business students must acquire to achieve success in the corporate world. Students without these skills may get jobs but will ultimately find themselves underemployed in dead-end jobs. Although specialized knowledge in a discipline is important, it is the mastery of core skills such as communication and ethical awareness that really prepare students for today’s fast-changing work environment. The perceived purpose of college education has shifted in the past century from “morality/values” to “cognitive immersion” to “career preparation.” Today’s focus on “career preparation” has actually brought about a return to the “morality/values” and cognitive immersion” approaches of the past.

Keywords: Skills, learning outcomes, college majors, liberal arts education, critical thinking, adaptability, communication skills.

JEL Classification: C00, C10, C40, I20, L15, L21, L82, L86, M31, M37, O3

Suggested Citation

Fischer, Dov and Friedman, Hershey H., Critical Skills for Today's Accounting and Business Graduates (March 1, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2571924 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2571924

Dov Fischer

Brooklyn College, Murray Koppelman School of Business ( email )

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Brooklyn, NY NY - New York 11210
United States

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

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