In recent decades, accounting education has been criticised for failing to provide graduates with necessary skills applied in the workforce. Such skills are demonstrated not only specialist knowledge, but also generic and professional skills for employment. As the increasing number of accounting graduates leads to an intensely competitive environment, broader range of generic and professional skills are required by employers. Since I have begun to study accounting for several years, I realised those skills had been developed to focus on solving varieties of practical challenges rather than only accounting problems. Yorke (2006, cited in Crawford, 2011, p.117) stated graduates equipped with such integrative competence are more likely to be employed and to be qualified for their occupations, which is beneficial to themselves, the workforce and community.
This reflective statement will explore the generic and professional skills in the area of financial accounting, and will identify the learning outcomes which assisted me in achieving these important skills from previous studies.
Generic and Professional Skills
The context of international business markets have resulted in the changing role of accountants who are striving to create effective value for their employers. Jackling and Lange (2009, p.371) mentioned ‘New global business models and the digital age have shifted expectations of the work of accountants’. Thus, universities have attempted to link generic and professional skills into undergraduate accounting courses in order to develop educational excellence and deliver graduates with intellectual capacity for job success and social contribution. These skills desired by employers could be generally summarized as problem-solving skill, communication skill, analytical skill, IT application skill, and teamwork skill.
First, problem-solving skill is a fundamental element of accounting which is built by improving statistical capacity
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