Hospitality graduates’ career intentions during COVID-19: evidence from Malaysia

Ng, Kok Ann* and Trupp, Alexander * and Phongpanichanan, Charuwan* (2022) Hospitality graduates’ career intentions during COVID-19: evidence from Malaysia. Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism. ISSN 1531-3239

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In the context of COVID-19 and a transforming industry, it is important to evaluate future hospitality graduates’ commitment and motivation towards work and employment. This research thus asks, how do future hospitality graduates make career decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic? The theoretical framework draws on Positive Psychological Capital (PsyCap) and Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT), whilst the empirical data derives from semi-structured interviews and informal conversations with hospitality graduates in Malaysia. Findings concerning the career decision-making process highlight the role of family on career intention, as well as the surprisingly positive career outlook during COVID-19, and show that work exposure reinforces and influences intention to stay in the industry.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: career intention; hospitality graduates; university graduates; psychological capital; COVID-19
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
T Technology > TX Home economics
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G 154.9 Tourism
Divisions: Sunway University > School of Hospitality and Service Management [formerly School of Hospitality until 2020]
Depositing User: Ms Yong Yee Chan
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Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2022 01:45
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2022 01:47

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