Career progression of Irish tourism and hospitality management graduates

O'Leary, Sinéad and Deegan, Jim (2005) Career progression of Irish tourism and hospitality management graduates. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 17 (5). pp. 421-432. ISSN 0959-6119

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09596110510604841

Abstract

Purpose; – The aim of this paper is to present longitudinal data regarding the career progression of Irish tourism and hospitality management graduates.; ; Design/methodology/approach; – A survey instrument was designed to incorporate questions relating to current and previous employments, recent training/education and personal details. The original study was sent to graduates by their respective colleges and there were 444 respondents to the survey. The follow‐up questionnaire in the current study was sent to all those who had responded to the initial survey and who had provided addresses (374).; ; Findings; – There is a significant drop‐out rate from employment in the tourism/hospitality industry in Ireland, which is particularly obvious amongst women. Those employed in the industry identified poor remuneration and unsuitable working hours as the major issues in need of redress. There is constant reference to work conditions within the tourism/hospitality industry throughout this study and, in particular, their apparent incompatibility with family life.; ; Research limitations/implications; – Owing to the small sample size, results presented here are largely indicative. Nonetheless, some general trends are discernible.; ; Practical implications; – The issues raised in this study have implications for those involved in the provision of tourism/hospitality programmes as well as tourism employers, particularly in an Irish context, where there is an ongoing shortage of skilled workers in the sector.; ; Originality/value; – Tracking studies usually only attempt to monitor graduates' entry into the workforce and do not follow their career paths over time. The objective of this study, however, was to provide longitudinal data and unique insights regarding the career progression of Irish tourism and hospitality management graduates.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2015 09:01
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 09:07
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3463

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