The benefits and challenges hospitality management students experience by working in conjunction with completing their studies

dc.contributor.advisor Susan W. Arendt
dc.contributor.author Schoffstall, Donald
dc.contributor.department Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management
dc.date 2018-08-11T08:29:26.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T02:46:51Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T02:46:51Z
dc.date.copyright Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2013
dc.date.embargo 2015-07-30
dc.date.issued 2013-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Previous researchers have suggested that in order to be successful in the hospitality industry, students need to obtain work experience in addition to completing their degrees. Although the benefit of gaining such experience from the industry viewpoint has been well documented, few studies have assessed the benefits and challenges faced by students. The purpose of this research study was to examine the benefits and challenges hospitality students may be confronted with when they work while completing their degrees.</p> <p>Web-based questionnaires were utilized to gather the responses of hospitality students and hospitality graduates in this nationwide study that included 31 hospitality programs throughout the United States. Comparisons were made between senior-level hospitality students (n = 409) who gained work experience while in school with those who did not and hospitality graduates (n = 308) who gained work experience while in school with those who did not. Furthermore, comparisons were made between students and graduates to determine the early career plans, job achievement expectations, and perceptions of a professional future of hospitality students.</p> <p>Both benefits and challenges of working while a student were well documented in this research study and statistically significant differences were found between students and graduates and those who worked while in college and those who did not. The majority of students (87.5%) worked while in college with 26.7% of students reporting they worked an average of 21 to 30 hours per week and 23.3% reported working more than 31 hours per week. More graduates who worked while in college were employed full-time in the hospitality industry compared to those who did not (75.5% and 56.4%, respectively). Unique to this study was determining job expectations thereby establishing an initial benchmark for future study. Implications for stakeholders are provided, along with specific suggestions for hospitality programs.</p>
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dc.identifier archive/lib.dr.iastate.edu/etd/13029/
dc.identifier.articleid 4036
dc.identifier.contextkey 4250666
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-4448
dc.identifier.s3bucket isulib-bepress-aws-west
dc.identifier.submissionpath etd/13029
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/27218
dc.language.iso en
dc.source.bitstream archive/lib.dr.iastate.edu/etd/13029/Schoffstall_iastate_0097E_13339.pdf|||Fri Jan 14 19:42:44 UTC 2022
dc.subject.disciplines Adult and Continuing Education Administration
dc.subject.disciplines Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
dc.subject.disciplines Business Administration, Management, and Operations
dc.subject.disciplines Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
dc.subject.disciplines Other Education
dc.subject.keywords Benefits
dc.subject.keywords Career plans
dc.subject.keywords Challenges
dc.subject.keywords Expectations
dc.subject.keywords Hospitality education
dc.subject.keywords Work experience
dc.title The benefits and challenges hospitality management students experience by working in conjunction with completing their studies
dc.type article
dc.type.genre dissertation
dspace.entity.type Publication
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thesis.degree.discipline Hospitality Management
thesis.degree.level dissertation
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
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