Industry engaged accounting curriculum is shaping career ready students

Students from La Trobe’s Master of Professional Accounting have been engaging in a series of webinars featuring industry partners from Xero, leading national and international accounting professional bodies including CA ANZ, CPA Australia and ACCA, as well as industry experts.

A  webinar series ‘Digital Transformation of Accountancy’ has been created as a direct response to the circumstances faced by post-graduate accounting students (most international) at La Trobe University.

The Q&A-style forum series was jointly developed by Dr Jack Jia from La Trobe’s Sydney Campus and Accounting Program Director Dr Helen Yang, in response to the need for more engagement with accounting industry and peer mentoring to enhance students’ online learning experience since the pandemic.

“The silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the accessibility of speakers – there are no travel restraints so speakers from interstate or even overseas can be involved,” said Dr Yang.

Early in the series, Dr Yang invited four former students of the subject (ACC5AAI) who were star performers in Semester 1 2020. The students gave their insight on transitioning to online study and keeping up with the subject which is famously known for being challenging for accounting students.

As well as working as a way to help students with their studies, the webinars inform students of industry-specific professional judgement, including niche pathways, like accounting for the agricultural sector. The series also discussed the emergence of new technologies and how they are incorporated in accountancy.

Maha Siddique from accounting platform Xero addressed the students with not only tips on functionality of the platform, but also recommendations from employers on what they want from graduates entering the field. This also reiterates the School’s commitment to exploring digital disruption.

The three key parts of the webinar series are employability, industry engagement and peer learning/mentoring, and are a reflection of La Trobe Business School’s commitment to creating career-ready students who understand the key aspects to being successful in a workplace.

“The La Trobe Business School is at the forefront of digital disruption, big data and start-up culture. Business graduates today need the skills to create, adapt and innovate in their careers” said Dean and Head of La Trobe Business School, Professor Jane Hamilton.

Presenters also included; George Dib, alumnus from La Trobe’s post graduate accounting course, now a Careers Engagement Consultant for Chartered Accountants (CAANZ);  Head of the global body for Professional Accountants, ACCA, Maurice Cheong;  Tim Lu of CPA Australia; Earl Jobling, Program Director of Agribusiness; and Professor Alan Farley FCPA, Adjunct Professor of La Trobe Business School.

To learn more about the industry engagement of La Trobe’s accounting programs, or to gain access the recordings of the webinar series, contact Dr Helen Yang.

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