Piotr Czernik, Student (University), Scotland
"In 2009, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) predicted a 63% increase in demand for qualified accountants. American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) also forecasts a strong demand for accounting graduates.
In my view, organisations need individuals who understand financial models and who can undertake risk assessments based on the set of specific skills which are on a great demand for future competitive advantage. Accounting standards have become more complex, there is a growing number of government regulations, and there is a strong need for business advice during economic downturns.
As a result, accountants and auditors must have skills such as critical thinking and problem solving and be able to deal with change and risk, learn from experience and think and act in a critical stance.
I am investigating to what extent accounting and audit companies recognise the value individual competencies such as critical thinking and problem solving can bring to their own and client's organisations and what processes are used to capture those skills during the recruitment process. I would like to interview HR managers from accounting and audit companies."