Australian employment patterns and course participation preferences of accounting students
The relationship between the employment patterns of undergraduate accounting students studying at a regional Australian university and students’ course participation preferences is investigated in this study. The employment patterns which proxy students’ socio-economic circumstances and their patterns of study are documented to discern course delivery strategies needed to better attract future accounting students, given the current shortage of qualified professional practitioners. A pilot study surveyed third year accounting students. There was no significant relationship found between participation in courses and employment patterns. However, significantly students who worked irregular hours achieved greater positive academic outcome. Other findings identify a preference for internet based learning, and employer requirements as a barrier to university attendance. The implications of this are the need for increased resources for internet delivered materials and infrastructure, a rethink of the form and relevance of contemporary accounting instruction materials, and the requisite changes to academic workplace tasks. This study uniquely contributes to an understanding of Australian employment patterns and the course participation preferences of accounting students.