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في اطار سعي قسم المحاسبة الى رفع كفاءة الأداء وتحسين العملية التعليمية وتنفيذا لتوصية مجلس القسم المحاسبة في اجتماعه الثاني للعام الدراسي الحالي، بدأت فعاليات الموسم العلمي لقسم المحاسبة بالكلية للفصل الدراسي الأول من العام الجامعي 1441هـ، اقام قسم المحاسبة في شطري الطلاب والطالبات لقاءات اثرائية شملت 8 لقاءات علمية بواقع محاضرتين لكل من مقرري محاسبة 1 ومحاسبة 2 في كل شطر وقد قام بتنفيذها كل من:

محاسبة 2 تمت اللقاءات يوم الاثنين 

الدكتور مؤيد خنفر الأستاذ المساعد 

الأستاذة رانيا السلمى

محاسبه 1 وتمت اللقاءات يومي الثلاثاء والاربعاء

الدكتور علاء حسين الأستاذ المشارك

الدكتور أحنف الصمادى الأستاذ المشارك

الدكتور خالد قطنانى الأستاذ المساعد

الدكتورة غادة طراونة الأستاذ المشارك

الدكتورة عزة السيد الأستاذ المساعد

الدكتورة جيهان خليل الأستاذ المساعد

وامتدت اللقاءات على مدار أربعة أيام في أوقات متفاوتة لإتاحة الفرصة لحضور أكبر عدد من الطلبة والطالبات وقد لاقت هذه اللقاءات اقبالاً كبيراً من طلبة الكلية.

Abstract:

In the specific case of accounting, compatibility is being sought between what accounting education provides, what accounting graduates possess and what the job market requires. Thus, from the employers’ point of view, this study will attempt to investigate the skills that accounting students have and the skills required by the labor market, and which will enhance the employability of graduates. The perception of employers of how important those skills are to the job market will be explored, as well as whether the importance of the required skills varies depending on type of sector, organization and job position, all in the context of Jordan. In general, this study is intended to bridge the gap to the benefit of academia, professionals and students.

The objective of the study has been approached by developing a questionnaire that was distributed to all major Jordanian companies and organizations in both the private and public sectors. The study concludes that accounting graduates lack, in particular, the necessary (generic) skills, and that there is a significant gap between the skills employers need and consider important, and the skills accounting graduates actually possess and can demonstrate in practice. The results show that employers tend to be more satisfied with the level of technical skills that students have acquired, than generic skills.

 

Research Questions:

Q.1: To what extent do employers consider accounting students are qualified with the required technical skills, and how important are those skills in enhancing the employability of accounting students?

Q.2: To what extent do employers consider accounting students are qualified with generic skills, and how important are those skills to enhancing the employability of accounting students?

Q.3: Is there a difference regarding the importance of technical accounting skills in enhancing students’ employability as viewed by employers based on their sector, job position and experience?

Q.4:  Is there a difference regarding the importance of generic skills in enhancing students’ employability as viewed by employers based on their sector, job position and experience?

 

Conclusions

 

It is well established that accountancy and the services of accountants, as in many other professions, keep changing and developing. This is because of the changing nature of the business environment. This demands that accounting education in general, that affect and are affected by social, political and economic aspects, provide society with a workforce that possesses the appropriate skills and capabilities, enable graduate accountants to market themselves in the current job market and avail themselves of the opportunities offered, and allow them to act appropriately in different situations and in various circumstances. Thus, it is a vital necessity to be a properly qualified accountant in this demanding profession.

However, are accounting students in Jordan skilled with the right skills? Do accounting graduates possess and can they demonstrate the required skills, generic and technical? How important are these skills for the enhancement of accounting students’ employability? Does the level of importance vary based on who the employers are (private, public, different organizational types, experience)? The outcomes of this study are important; firstly because they demonstrate that there should be compatibility between what generally accounting education institutions in Jordan are delivering and what employers, and accounting students actually need in terms of the current job market. Therefore, restructuring the way accounting is taught to create more marketable and employable accounting graduates is necessary and desirable.

Secondly, this study contributes to the literature by testing the phenomenon in a developing country, namely Jordan, as being one of the most important providers of a workforce for the Arab world, particularly in the Gulf area.

Our research concludes that accounting graduates lack particularly the necessary (generic) skills, and there is a significant gap between the skills employers need and consider important, and the skills accounting graduates actually possess and can demonstrate. This represents a challenge for Jordanian academic institutions and business entities equally, to ensure that they deliver the necessary generic and technical skills. In addition, the results show that employers are more satisfied with the level of technical skills that students have acquired than generic skills. It is significant that there is no difference between the importance of the generic skills and technical skills based on the employers’ type of sector, experience and job position. Academia, professionals and business need to demonstrate that they have a real responsibility towards bringing a better understanding of the need to ensure that there is compatibility between what a vibrant job market actually needs and what students are taught and equipped with.

The research has identified primarily that technical accounting and generic skills are preferred by employers. The technical skills that were identified in particular are the ability to detect accounting errors and understanding accounting equations, reporting and the ability to deal with technical bookkeeping. Generic skills are research and continuing learning, foreign language(s), computer literacy and technological skills, analysis and problem-solving skills, and innovation and creativity, in that order.

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