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Journal Article

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Accounting and Finance




School of Business and Law


This study was funded by the Global Research Perspectives Program, CPA Australia. Open access publishing facilitated by Edith Cowan University, as part of the Wiley - Edith Cowan University agreement via the Council of Australian University Librarians.


Jackson, D., Richardson, J., Michelson, G., & Munir, R. (2022). Perceptions and experiences of career success among aspiring and early career accountants and the role of organisational support. Accounting & Finance.


Positive perceptions of career success are critical among accounting professionals, given their connection with performance, turnover and organisational commitment. Drawing on career stage theory, this study explores the perceptions and experiences of career success among 475 aspiring (Accounting/Finance students), 305 early career accountants (ECAs) and 165 managers/recruiters in Australia. Findings reflected both objective and subjective dimensions of career success alongside notable differences between aspiring accountants and ECAs, highlighting shifting views across the career stages of exploration and establishment. While ECAs were largely positive about their access to career success, managers/recruiters identified ways to create further opportunities for ECAs' career success.



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