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Volume 22 No. 3, December 2023


Article History:
Received: 01 October 2023
Accepted: 30 October 2023
Available online: 01 December 2023


What Makes Accounting Students Choose their Career? A Case in Indonesian Major Universities

Yeney Widya Prihatiningtias1♣, Jocelina Ecclesia1, Noor Ismawati Jaafar2, Nurkholis1, Ali Djamhuri1 and Sari Atmini1

1Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia
2Faculty of Business and Economics, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia


The objective of the study was to analyze the determinants of students’ professional choice to be public accountants, including salary, professional recognition, social values, and personality perception. A choice of a profession is connected to the theory of expectation and the theory of motivation, which became the novelty of this research. This study used a quantitative approach with a survey method through questionnaires distributed to 309 accounting students from Universitas Brawijaya, Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Airlangga, dan Universitas Diponegoro, Indonesia. The findings demonstrated that deciding to become a public accountant is not influenced by money or wage considerations. Other elements, such as professional recognition, social values, and perceptions of an individual's personality, positively affected an accounting student's decision to become a public accountant. Other theories may be used in the future to see a potential influence on career selection for becoming a public accountant. For accounting students who choose public accountant as their future career, they are suggested to explore themselves more in preparing their skills to be ready for the job.

Keywords: career choice, accounting students, large universities, Indonesia
Corresponding Author: Yeney Widya Prihatiningtias; Department of Accounting, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitas Brawijaya, Jl. MT. Haryono no. 165, Malang, East Java, Indonesia; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Tel: +62-341-567040


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