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productivity and activity and they add up to very busy weeks,” Bujaki says. “But it’s self-directed. I get to work on things that I’m passionate about. Sometimes when I’m working on a research project, I’m so thrilled to be doing it that it doesn’t feel like work.” There probably aren’t many practising accountants who would say that at tax time. When it comes to recruiting more accountants to join the


ranks of academia, the professors say healthier financial aid programs for doctoral students would help. While there is some support available from various professional organizations and universities, the amounts have not kept up with the cost of living. And they were never enough to remotely compensate for wages lost to years of studying. Having stakeholders pool resources to help students has


been suggested, as has making doctoral programs more flexible by adjusting residency requirements. But what would make the most difference, they say, is having academics like themselves take up the charge by identifying promising students early, helping them understand what a uni- versity career entails and sharing their experiences about what a good life it can be.


“A lot of times people think, ‘Well, it’s just about teaching


some classes and that’s about it,” says Kochetova-Kozloski. “But it’s a much more interesting profession. It’s an excellent lifestyle for someone who is motivated and who values independence.” Her academic advisers encouraged her to explore graduate


opportunities when she was young, and she has tried to do the same for some of her students. To them, she stresses the multi- faceted nature of the job — teaching and research, as well as interesting opportunities to serve the profession. She has been on the board of CPA Nova Scotia and the CPA Atlantic School of Business, for instance, activities that keep her connected to the accounting world outside of the university. Kochetova-Kozloski also takes her role as a mentor seriously


and especially likes to help international students find their way in a new country, as she once did. “Seeing students literally mature over the four years and open doors for themselves in this country has been a very gratifying experience,” she says. “Occasionally, through encouragement, mentorship and advice there is the opportunity to literally change someone’s life.”


SUSAN SMITH is a Toronto-based freelance writer


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