Three-quarters of CFOs say work experience important for college grads: Survey

Internships, volunteer work can help
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/28/2012

Prior work experience may be a requisite for college students keen to get their foot in the door with employers, according to an Accountemps survey. More than three-quarters (78 per cent) of CFOs interviewed said it is important for entry level accounting and finance professionals to gain practical experience while in college.

When 270 CFOs were asked, "How important is it for entry-level accounting and finance professionals to have gained work experience in the field while in college?" they responded:

Very important

32%

Somewhat important

46%

Somewhat unimportant

5%

Not at all important

2%

Don’t know/no answer

15%

"Even for entry level roles, many employers are in search of new hires who can apply their previous experience and contribute to the organization immediately," said Kathryn Bolt, Canadian president of Accountemps. "Although this may seem like a catch-22, where it's difficult to land a job without experience or gain experience without a job, candidates who have internships or temporary assignments on their resumé are more marketable to a prospective company."

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