Part A (15 marks)
Tom graduated from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in December 2013 with a degree in business, majoring in accountancy. In 2013, Tom applied for graduate positions with top and mid-tier accounting firms but was unsuccessful in all his applications. Many of his friends have also been unsuccessful in obtaining employment and many private and public sector organisations have either reduced or halted their graduate intake for 2014.
One day he sees an advertisement on the Internet from a small accounting firm based in Milton seeking an accounting graduate. The advertisement stated that the successful applicant will start in February 2014 and also that accounting work experience would be highly desirable. Tom decides to apply for this position. He has a grade point average of 5.8 but no accounting work experience. Tom is concerned that his lack of accounting work experience will disadvantage his application.
Tom believes that if he were to put on his curriculum vitae (CV) that he has accounting work experience, this will give him the edge he needs to get the job. Tom did do some work experience with a small accounting firm in Ipswich in December 2012 but the work he did was primarily administrative, such as photocopying and data entry, not accounting related. He only worked there for two weeks before quitting because he was bored with the work. The accounting firm closed down in September 2013 when the principal partner retired. Tom wants to put on his CV his work experience with the Ipswich accounting firm, but instead of listing the administrative work he actually did, to say that the work Tom did was accounting related. He also wants to put on his CV that his work experience with the accounting firm was for eight weeks (December 2012 to January 2013), instead of two weeks.
Tom believes that because the Ipswich accounting firm had closed down with the principal partner having retired, the chances of the Milton accounting...