Career interests and aspirations : A Study of undergraduate hospitality students

Patwardhan , Vidya and Valsaraj, Payini (2011) Career interests and aspirations : A Study of undergraduate hospitality students. In: Trends in Hospitality. Center for publications, Christ university , Bangalore. ISBN 97881922281005

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Over the past two decades, the number of hospitality management programs has increased with growth of the hospitality industry. This has led to an increased demand for qualified hospitality professionals. But retention of young professionals in the hospitality industry is an important concern (La Lopa&Ghiselli, 2003; Walsh & Taylor, 2007).According to Knutson (1989) “understanding expectations, perceptions of reality, and resulting satisfaction area major key in the retention effort”, and “faculty and industry recruiters share the responsibility of helping students set realistic expectations of the industry”. With this background, this paper attempts to determine the factors influencing undergraduate hospitality students’ career interests and intentions in the hospitality industry. 45 final year hotel management students participated in the surveythat assessed a cluster of attributes which includes career decision making, expected outcomes, and aspects focused on academicrelated decisions. Analysis revealed that career interests in hospitality were mainly dependent upon students’ training experience, motivational factors, and outcome expectations in the industry. Frequently expected rewards focused on both intrinsic(opportunities for career accomplishment) and extrinsic (monetary) outcomes of the industry. Implications are discussed for education and industry along with suggestions for future research.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: hospitality education; hospitality industry; career interests; aspirations
Subjects: Hotel Management > WGSHA Manipal
Depositing User: EPrints Hotel Management
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2012 04:04
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2012 04:04

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