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Graduate outcomes for Australian overseas accounting students: The issue of unemployment and beyond


Cen, Z and Cai, R, Graduate outcomes for Australian overseas accounting students: The issue of unemployment and beyond, Accountancy Business and the Public Interest, 11 pp. 74-94. ISSN 1745-7718 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Australia is an attractive destination for many overseas students in the past decade. A large proportion of them came here to study postgraduate accounting courses. However, the employment outcomes of those overseas graduates show far less optimistic figures, although the Australian government has continuously stressed on the importance of the accounting profession to the society. This paper throws some light upon the reasons behind this problem. It also investigates what have been, and should be done to make up for this situation. Unlike much previous literature examining the similar issue by relying heavily on large scale surveys, this paper incorporates interview results with overseas postgraduate accounting students and some corporate managers to add a layer of more in-depth perspective. Apparently, language and employability skills are the largest concern for Australian employers. The paper is contributive to both the accounting education industry and the relevant government departments.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia, accounting, Globalization, international higher education, unemployment, migration policy
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Accounting, auditing and accountability
Research Field:Accounting, auditing and accountability not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Financial services
Objective Field:Finance services
UTAS Author:Cen, Z (Miss Judy Cen)
UTAS Author:Cai, R (Mr Rongchang Cai)
ID Code:91707
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2014-05-27
Last Modified:2014-08-08

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