Survey: International Experience Increasingly Important for Accounting Professionals

To get a good job at home, tomorrow's accounting professionals may
first need to work abroad, a new survey suggests. Seven out of 10 (71%)
chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said international
experience will be necessary for accounting and finance professionals
five years from now. This is up from 56% in 2002, when the same
question was asked of finance executives.

The survey was
developed by Robert Half Management Resources. CFOs were asked, "How
necessary do you feel international experience will be for accounting
and finance professionals five years from now?" Their responses:

2008

2002

Very necessary

24%

20%

Somewhat necessary

47%

36%

Somewhat unnecessary

13%

20%

Very unnecessary

15%

19%

Don't know

1%

5%

100%

100%

 

"The
accelerating pace of globalization and the impending U.S. adoption of
International Financial Reporting Standards will continue to drive
demand for accounting and finance professionals with international
business experience," said Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert
Half Management Resources. "Professionals who are bilingual and have
had exposure to other countries' tax, compliance, legal and regulatory
issues have a competitive advantage in the job market, particularly
among the largest firms."

McDonald continued, "Job seekers who
are unable to work in another country can still enhance their career
prospects by gaining an understanding of different cultures, languages
and business protocol to better serve their companies and clients
around the globe."

Source: Robert Half Management Resources

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