The Accounting Rookie Job Market: A Practitioner's Guide

18 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2017

Date Written: July 16, 2017


This paper offers guidance and shares collective wisdom for accounting Ph.D. students who will be entering the academic job market. It is divided into two sections. The first offers subjective advice on the dissertation process — from choosing a topic to surviving the inevitable self-doubt — from my personal experience and the experiences of other former job candidates. The second section mostly focuses on factual components of the job market, providing details that will be useful to candidates before they begin the search. It concludes with subjective advice on how to make the job hunt more enjoyable. Both sections are organized chronologically and attempt to be comprehensive, beginning with choosing a dissertation topic and adviser, and concluding with the decision to accept an offer.

Suggested Citation

Rouen, Ethan, The Accounting Rookie Job Market: A Practitioner's Guide (July 16, 2017). Available at SSRN:

Ethan Rouen (Contact Author)

Harvard Business School ( email )

Soldiers Field
Boston, MA 02163
United States
617-495-6275 (Phone)


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