While I am considering this issue from an accounting perspective, its application is not restricted to that profession. This model could be applied in any discipline which has sufficient students working in their industry and wishing to undertake this type of unit to make the unit viable.
The basic model I imagine for this unit would consist of:
- Students maintaining a reflective journal for the period of their study
- Students developing a professional and academic portfolio documenting their skills and accomplishments
- Students preparing a paper on the fit between their University studies and the skills they need currently and for their future career
If the University structure allows, there is no reason why this unit needs to be run over a single semester or even a single year.
There is also no reason why this unit needs to be restricted to the for-payment work environment. Students undertaking sufficient industry based work on a voluntary basis could also participate in this or a similar unit.
I will discuss this proposal with some others around the discipline and the University to see if it has legs.