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Arabian Journal of Business and Management Review
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Students’ Understanding of the Job Market and the Resources Available to Them to Land Their First Job: An Example

Stephen A Butler*

University of South Dakota, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Stephen Butler
Associate Professor of Accounting, Beacom School of Business
Room 325, 414 East Clark Street, University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD 57069, United states
Tel: (605) 677-3146
E-mail: Stephen[email protected]

Received date: August 02, 2016; Accepted date: August 26, 2016; Published date: August 30, 2016

Citation: Butler SA (2016) Students’ Understanding of the Job Market and the Resources Available to Them to Land Their First Job: An Example. Arabian J Bus Manag Review S2:007. 

Copyright: © 2016 Butler SA. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



The purpose of this small scale project was to gain a better understanding of the aspirations of accounting majors. A survey was taken of students in the auditing class which is the last required class for accounting majors. The survey consisted of 15 questions. These questions may be grouped as ones measuring the students’ knowledge of the market for accountants, their regional preference and their use of the available resources to assist in the search for employment. Of the students about one-half indicated that they planned to take the CPA exam and the others did not. For the CMA exam only one-third expected to take the exam. They are aware of the resources available to help them, but they either underutilize or completely ignore them. Many surveys have shown that compensation is the overriding consideration in job choice. In the current survey, proximity to family was equally, if not more, important to the students. For future studies family seems like an interesting variable to include until some understanding about its influence is achieved.

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