ACCOUNTING GRADUATES: ARE THEY STILL ACCOUNTANTS?

  • Erlane K Ghani Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA
  • Kamaruzzaman Muhammad Faculty of Accountancy, University Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam
  • Nur Azrin Mat Tarmezi Faculty of Accountancy, University Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam
  • Mazurina Mohd Ali Faculty of Accountancy, University Teknologi MARA Malaysia
  • Nabilah Abdullah Centre for Strategic Planning and Information, Faculty of Accountancy, University Teknologi MARA Malaysia

Abstract

This study examines the accounting graduates of a public university in Malaysia. Specifically, this study examines whether the accounting graduates of a public university in Malaysia are in the accounting profession or whether they are in a profession that is not related to accounting. This study also determines whether the accounting graduates’ demographic profile influence their profession. This study utilises online questionnaire on 1003 accounting graduates in the largest public university in Malaysia. The accounting graduates graduated from the period between 2007 and 2017. The results show that most of the accounting graduates are working as accountants or accounting related positions in various industries. Surprisingly, this study shows an alarming sign of accounting graduates not in the accounting profession. This study also shows that the accounting graduates’ demographic profile in terms of gender, age and work sector influence their choice of profession. This study contributes to the existing literature by providing some awareness on the factors influencing the accounting graduates’ choice of profession. The findings in this study could assist the universities to identify strategies in hindering the accounting graduates from leaving to another profession.
Published
Apr 30, 2019
How to Cite
K GHANI, Erlane et al. ACCOUNTING GRADUATES: ARE THEY STILL ACCOUNTANTS?. Management & Accounting Review (MAR), [S.l.], v. 18, n. 1, p. 101-116, apr. 2019. ISSN 2550-1895. Available at: <http://arionline.uitm.edu.my/ojs/index.php/MAR/article/view/769>. Date accessed: 01 dec. 2022. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.24191/mar.v18i1.769.