—The study sought to investigate the level of
influence between parents and peers of Malaysian school
students in selecting their career choice as accountants. The
study used a mixed approach of both qualitative and
quantitative approaches. The sample comprised of 309
secondary school students studying accounting principle or
commerce subject as respondents to this research. The findings
revealed that parents, mothers, in particular are more
influential in career choice of the secondary school students
compared to their peers. The study discovered that parents’
educations have no influence over their children’s choice of
career. The findings from his study will help teachers and
educators have a greater sensitivity to, and a better
understanding of the impacts parents and peers’ influence have
on school students’ career choice, as accountant is a worthy
profession for them to venture into.
—Career choice, influence, parents, peers.
Hezlina Mohd Hashim and Abdul Mutalib Embong are with the
Department of Management and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Petronas,
Tronoh, Perak, Malaysia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Cite: Hezlina Mohd Hashim and Abdul Mutalib Embong, "Parental and Peer Influences upon Accounting as a Subject
and Accountancy as a Career," Journal of Economics, Business and Management vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 252-256, 2015.