Semarang In the era of the covid-19 pandemic, many business elements have experienced a decline. Many countries in the world have experienced recession, such as South Korea and Singapore. In Indonesia, economic strength is supported by domestic consumption (household needs). Various companies went out of business almost all over the world. Indonesia is no exception, some foreign investment companies (PMA) have started reducing employees and some have stopped operating, said Achmad Faiz Falachi, assistant manager of Internal Audit at PT Phapros, Tbk Semarang.

In order to support the economy, the business sector must be able to survive in the pandemic era, including MSMEs. Domestic consumption needs to be maintained, the government is obliged to provide economic stimulus in mid-2020.

“One of the government's roles is to free up fiscal for entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs or companies are also required to report real financial reports,” said Achmad Faiz Falachi as a public lecture in the Auditing II course.

Furthermore, Achmad Faiz Falachi, explained that millennials, especially from accounting study programs, are expected to have relevant professional competencies. Deepen the fields of knowledge and skills, such as making financial reports, analyzing financial statements, and reviewing (auditing) financial statements.

There are many alternative competency options that accounting students can choose from. Suppose; in the field of capital markets since semester 5 students can take the Registered Securities Analyst (RSA) competency exam, in the field of management accounting. D3 Accounting graduates can take the CPA Exim competency exam and many others.

“The millennial generation, especially the accounting study program, is wide open in the future to pursue the auditor profession (public accountant). The availability of accountants is still 14% of the total ideal requirement of around 200,000 accountants in Indonesia,” continued the man who is familiarly called Bang Fay.

The Auditing II course which discusses "Potentials and Challenges of Accountants in the Future" presents Achmad Faiz Falachi as resource person. He is listed as the youngest Assistant Manager of Internal Audit (SPI) in BUMN. Prior to his career in BUMN, he had experience in the Public Accounting Firm (KAP) of Kumalahadi, Sugeng Pamudji, & Partners for 2 (two) years and graduated from the Professional Accountant Program (PPAk) of Diponegoro University. Currently, he is registered as a master of accounting student at Diponegoro University.

On this occasion, Moch Didik Ardiyanto, said that graduates of accounting study programs, especially D3 vocational schools, must have qualified competencies to face the world of work later. For this reason, his office as the head of study program collaborates with accounting practitioners to provide insight and understanding of students through public lectures.

Auditors, for example, need attention from students, because it is very rare for those who aspire to become auditors and even public accountants (AP) considering the long journey to achieve it. One of the stimuli to encourage students is direct lectures by presenting practitioners through this auditing II course.

“Judging from the accounting lecturers, some of them are competent as public accountants (AP) and have KAP. This raises the hope that in the future public accountants will grow from alumni of the Pekalongan PSDKU D3 Accounting study program,” explained Moch Didik Ardiyanto as the head of the Pekalongan PSDKU Accounting D3 Study Program

If students have a strong spirit, vision and mission in their life, it is not impossible that candidates for public accountants from the D3 Accounting Study Program of PSDKU Pekalongan will appear.

"This public lecture, which interacts directly with the internal auditors of state-owned companies, provides special insight for us students," explained Ilzam Ahda, a D3 Accounting student at PSDKU Pekalongan.

Ilzam Ahda added, the need for broad insight, high enthusiasm and real steps (learning and competence) in reaching the dream (dream) of becoming an accountant. Supported by training (flying hours) in making financial reports can improve the competence of accounting students. (ip)