Australian TAFE colleges and universities are, by and large, still teaching the students on desktop accounting systems, with very few providing adequate training on cloud-based technologies, according to Trent McLaren, senior BDM at Intuit.
“Then, in the real world, nobody uses that technology anymore. So they’ve been set up for failure from the get-go, and would be relying on the accounting firm they go into to be progressive and tech-savvy,” Mr McLaren told AccountantsDaily.
“It’s across the board in Australia,” he added. “Most of these younger people coming through are learning about [technology] from their peers, in forums, via blogs – but they’re not learning it from the education sector, not really.”
This potentially has a flow-on effect to the business mindset these graduates enter the workplace with, which is particularly problematic if they’re not engaging with-forward thinking firms, Mr McLaren suggested.
These comments follow a report from recruitment firm Hays, which said a significant chunk of graduates entering the accounting space lack the necessary skills to secure employment.
Being tech-savvy, in particular, was flagged as a requisite for success in an accounting graduate’s job search.