Title: Dream career in tourism and hospitality industry: myth or reality?

Authors: Md. Anamul Hoque; Abu Sadat Muhammad Ashif

Addresses: Department of Business Administration, East West University, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh ' Department of Business Administration, East West University, Dhaka-1212, Bangladesh

Abstract: This study intends to explore the undergraduate tourism and hospitality student's perceptions of the industry as a career choice in Bangladesh. Two hundred and twenty tourism and hospitality students have participated in completing a set of questionnaires. The students were asked to rate 20 factors that might influence their career choice and to rate the extent to which they think that tourism and hospitality as a potential career offer these factors. The results indicate that, overall, the perceptions of students toward careers in the hospitality and tourism industry are unfavourable. It is observed that: pleasing working environment, a safe job, excellent promotion prospects, attractive starting salary, a position which brings respect are important factors students consider in choosing a career, but they do not believe the hospitality and tourism industry offers these factors. The study also shows that undergraduates having relatives in the tourism industry are more enthusiastic about pursuing a career in the respective industry.

Keywords: undergraduates; perceptions; career choice; tourism; hospitality; working condition; Bangladesh.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTP.2020.10033000

International Journal of Tourism Policy, 2020 Vol.10 No.2, pp.142 - 162

Received: 21 Oct 2019
Accepted: 26 Apr 2020

Published online: 19 Oct 2020 *

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