Beyond Book Smarts

By Robert Half on July 28, 2015 at 3:32pm


How prepared were you for your first accounting or finance job out of college?*

56% Somewhat prepared
14% Not at all prepared
29% Very prepared

In what ways were you unprepared for your first accounting or finance job?**

49% Knowledge gained in classroom didn’t translate to the job
33% Didn’t know how to handle office politics
23% Lacked technology skills or software knowledge
20% Had inadequate functional accounting skills
15% Had inadequate soft skills
11% Other

Source: Accountemps online survey of more than 2,400 accounting and finance professionals in the United States.

*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

**Respondents who said they were somewhat or not at all prepared. Multiple responses were allowed.

© 2015 Accountemps. A Robert Half Company. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Vet.

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