The industry need for accounting graduates with skills in communication, problem solving and teamwork was the key theme during recent workshops for RMIT Vietnam accountancy students with industry professionals from KPMG and Deloitte.
The workshops were an initiative of RMIT Vietnam's accountancy program for students to meet with industry, learn about the different types of possible career options as well as consider the other types of skills employers look for in accounting graduates.
RMIT Vietnam Accounting Lecturer Mr Wayne Marriage said industry, particularly the major accounting bodies, call for the development of technical and soft skill sets as part of higher education curriculum.
"Soft skills can include the personal dispositions developed in an individual and include attributes such as strong work ethic, attitude, self-regulation, self-confidence and flexibility," Mr Marriage said.
"These skills are valued highly by employers who often see them as important as hard or technical skills."
At the workshop at RMIT Vietnam Saigon South, students worked with KPMG professionals in a simulated work environment and took part in an accounting case study which involved question and answers, problem solving, teamwork as well as engaging in discussion with the KPMG team.
A similar workshop was held for accountancy students at RMIT Vietnam Hanoi, who worked with Deloitte professionals in a simulated boardroom environment.
Mr Marriage said the workshops are part of a wider industry engagement program designed to align the university's accountancy program with industry practice.
"It enables our students to gain access to global organisations such as KPMG and Deloitte and experience how they might operate in real work situations," Mr Marriage said.
"RMIT Vietnam's accountancy program is planning to offer courses in Vietnamese Taxation in 2015, which means our graduates will be strongly equipped to work in an international accounting context as well as the local market."
The workshops with KPMG and Deloitte are part of the accountancy program's engagement with the Big 4, providing students with access to the four global and largest international professional services networks, offering audit, assurance, tax, consulting, advisory, corporate finance, and legal services.