PROSPECT FOR ACCOUNTING ACADEMICS: EXAMINING THE EFFECT OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS’ CAREER DECISION

EXAMINING THE EFFECT OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS’ CAREER DECISION

  • Ahmad Bukola Uthman Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
  • Mubaraq Sanni Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria
  • Abdulai Agbaje Salami Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin

Abstract

The future of accounting education rests on development of accounting academics. In the social space of competing job opportunities for both graduate and professional accountants, this paper considers how the interest of prospective accounting graduates in Nigerian universities could reshape the widely reported shortage of accounting academics. Viewing through the lens of circumscription theory, it examines how the career choices of undergraduate accounting students affect the prospect of accounting education. Survey technique was adopted to sample students’ opinions across three universities in their career decisions, the factors that affect such decisions and their key referents. Thus, the respondents were divided based on their preference for academic job and a Mann-whitney U test was conducted to examine the differences in factors that affect their preferences. The study revealed that financial rewards account for students’ preference for non-academic jobs. Hence, only 10% of the respondents showed intention to pursue career in the academics. Other factors such as job leisure, ambitiousness and career prestige are also responsible for students’ preference for non-academic jobs. The results of the study confirmed the prediction of circumscription theory. It is therefore recommended that academic jobs should be made attractive for accounting graduates by improving the financial rewards of academic staff generally. More so, attention should further be directed towards factors such as job leisure, holiday travels, prestige and easy achievement of ambitions since students get swayed from academic jobs because of those factors.
Published
Dec 27, 2019
How to Cite
UTHMAN, Ahmad Bukola; SANNI, Mubaraq; SALAMI, Abdulai Agbaje. PROSPECT FOR ACCOUNTING ACADEMICS: EXAMINING THE EFFECT OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS’ CAREER DECISION. Management & Accounting Review (MAR), [S.l.], v. 18, n. 3, p. 95-130, dec. 2019. ISSN 2550-1895. Available at: <http://arionline.uitm.edu.my/ojs/index.php/MAR/article/view/926>. Date accessed: 09 apr. 2020. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.24191/mar.v18i3.926.