Title

Hospitality Undergraduate Students' Career Choices and Factors Influencing Commitment to the Profession

Publication Title

Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education

Publication Date

2007

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/10963758.2007.10696902

Keywords

Hospitality, undergraduate, profession commitment, career choices

Disciplines

Business | Hospitality Administration and Management

Abstract

Given the high turnover rates in the hospitality industry, there is a need to better understand our potential employees - hospitality undergraduate students and their career expectations. This study collected data from 360 hospitality undergraduate students and identified factors that impact their career choices and commitment to the profession. Regression analysis revealed four variables (gender, current employment status, career decision self-efficacy, and career outcome expectation) as strong indicators in predicting hospitality graduates' retention in the industry. Results also indicated that hospitality students who believed they have compatible competence skills and relevant work experiences were more committed to their career choices.


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