This Skills for Success session on Wednesday 24th October was delivered by ACCA, which is the global body for professional accountants. The topic was ethics within the workplace of an accountant, and how to go about ensuring you don’t make unethical judgements in this demanding profession.
The session went really well and was well received by the
students who took part. There were a few
group activities, one of which was an ethical behaviour quiz, which involved
two bags of sweets labelled A and B. All
students stood up and were presented with a series of ethical problems, and an
option of an A or B response. They then had to pick out a sweet from either bag
based on their response to the problem. This was a great icebreaker and it also allowed those who skipped lunch
a slight indulgence of their sweet tooth!
Another activity required students to split up into smaller
groups to consider some case studies of ethical problems within an accounting
context. Students had to discuss the
issue in their smaller groups, before voicing their opinions to the group as a
Although it was placed in an accountancy context, the
session as a whole taught us all valuable lessons that would be applicable to
literally every profession. These
lessons included the importance of telling the truth and having moral integrity. The session was also great as it acknowledged
the fact that when entering graduate employment, new employees do not know everything
straight away. Therefore these sorts of skills sessions are vital for anybody
who wishes to become an honest and valuable employee in the future.
ACCA will also be at the Business and Finance Fair on
Wednesday 31st October, so don’t miss out on their great advice and
Mark (Student Blogger)