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Factors that influence career choice in accounting among Nigerian university students

CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION

 Background of the Study

The development of the accountancy profession and its roles are important issues especially in the era of globalization. Issues on the quality and the curriculum of accounting programmes in this country to be comparable with the standards of accounting programmes at the international level as well as constantly meet the industry needs are still crucial.

A career is a lifelong process which is planned from an early stage. “A career may be thought of as a long-term project for an individual life. One’s career may be “in” business, law, teaching, entertainment, professional philanthropy, or something else” Jennifer (2010). Looking at a career choice as professional accountants, according to Philip (2010) there is a rising demand in Malaysia for professional accountants. She stated that “Accountancy is an indeed recession-proof profession, there will always be demand for accountants, be it in good or bad times”. The global accounting body has seen continued growth in its members and students numbers.

An investigation into the factors that influence career choice in accounting among Nigerian Tertiary Institution students is as important and vital as the decision to influence the profession itself. The profession of accounting has been described as one area where individual develop personal interest largely due to the nature, prospects and family influence. In other words, parents, interest of individual, peers influence, prestige as well as opportunities often affect the decision on career choice in accounting. However, attempts to find the factors responsible for choice of career in accounting have been a major debate among accountants, academicians and administrators in the educational institutions in Nigeria and the world over. Authors in the field of education and behavioural science tend to attribute different factors that influence career choice among individuals. Factors such as parents and family environment, job opportunity, job security, prestige and family background are among major players in choice of careers

Statement of the Problem

Findings that were supported by the result of the studies by (Felton et al 1995) and (Kackman 2004) states that one of the major problems in the society, nowadays is occupational choice, especially among accounting students, in tertiary institutions. This is as a result of conflict of interest between parents, guardian, peer groups and as per future prospect of a job on one hand and the student on the other hand.

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