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INTERNSHIP FOR ACCOUNTING UNDERGRADUATES OF UNISEL: COMPARATIVE INSIGHTS FROM STAKEHOLDERS
Mohamad Hafiz Rosli, Asma Rina Abdul Rahman, Nur Fauzana Yahya

Last modified: 2017-01-02

Abstract


In recent years, several challenges have emerged at the domestic and global level resulted in the tremendous change of the business landscape, particularly in the accountancy profession. Industry demands accounting graduates to possess a high level of academic knowledge and more importantly, graduates should be ‘market ready’ and able to demonstrate core competencies essential to succeed in the work environment. The purpose of this research is to determine the perceived benefits, skills and outcomes gained by students via internship from all three groups of respondents namely the students, the university and the organisation. A set of structured questionnaires was used to survey the perception of students, university and the company. A total of 153 responses were analysed. Findings show that all three stakeholders perceived that students benefited from the internship programme. They also perceived that an internship programme provides students a platform to get real-life working experience and the ability to work as a team player in the organisation or during a given task. The findings would benefit students in preparing themselves before venturing into internship program and further enhance university to properly review the existing course learning program (CLO), program learning outcome (PLO), and topics covered in the course to meet the employer’s expectation. Besides, it also helps the organisation to properly provide a convenient training placement that benefited students.

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