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In this chapter the Authors take the accounting and finance student out of their subject-specific approach and go beyond the numbers into learning about self-leadership and the skills employers look for in future employees, including communication skills, creativity and problem-solving skills. The case for these skills is made through a review of literature associated with accounting and finance, predominantly from an employer’s perspective. The use of projects whilst at university to support skill enhancement, for example, the development of authenticity, responsibility and the capacity to self-lead is discussed. The chapter ends by returning to the value of independent, but supported, study to support development of these added skills for the benefit of students’ professional careers.
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