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Student Engagement Activities to Enhance Professional Advancement in Accounting and Business Careers

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Abstract: The Strada-Gallup Survey of College Students (2017, p. 6) reveals ". . .only about a third of current college students express confidence that they will graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in the job market (34 ) and in the workplace (36 ). " This paper suggests how faculty of accounting and other business disciplines can enhance teaching and better prepare students for their professional business careers by encouraging students to become involved in co-curricular activities. Participation and leadership in business clubs related to their intended profession, including attendance at club, school and or professional organization workshops, provides useful career and job search information. In addition, there are opportunities for networking with diverse groups of professionals and peers likely to be future colleagues. Faculty can contribute to student involvement by inviting practitioners to speak to classes and providing opportunities for relevant research related to the academic and practice needs of the profession. Encouraging and rewarding students for participating in practitioner-oriented activities helps expose students to practitioners who can shed light on the realities of their future careers. This has the added benefit of allowing firms to recruit and support students, while students learn about individual firms and their cultures. Networking is extremely helpful to students in securing internships and full-time jobs. This paper describes specific ways to develop these synergies, and offers suggestions on how educators can encourage involvement for their students long run success in the job market and their careers.

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