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What effects do student jobs have on the study performance, competency and career development of hospitality management students

Annemarie Geerlink, Conrad Lashley

Abstract


This research examines the effects student jobs have on the study performance, and the competency and career development of hospitality management students. A 13-item survey was administered to a sample of 82 hospitality management students to see how they think about their student job. Qualitative data was collected by a focus group interview with hospitality entrepreneurs. The sample consisted of 48 MHS students and 34 HHS students. 78,8% of the respondents think a student job is useful for their study. For nine students, the student job affects school results. 63 students think they will find a future job easier because they have had a student job. The average of worked hours per week has a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 40 hours per week. Of all collected data, it can be concluded that having a student job is beneficial for the study performance, competence and career development of hospitality management students. A recommendation for Mise en Place is to put more focus on hiring hospitality management students. They tend to stay longer in the company because they gain knowledge, skills and experiences which are very useful and well-linked to their study and career.

Keywords: student jobs, study performance, competence and career development, hospitality management education




http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/22243534.2017.1444720
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