Critical Skills for Today's Accounting and Business Graduates
15 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2015
Date Written: March 1, 2015
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
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