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GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY: ATTRIBUTES AND CHALLENGES

Lukhanyo Stemele, Reshma Sucheran.

Abstract
The tourism sector is often promoted as a significant employment generator. However, critical questions are
frequentlyposed in terms of the nature of tourism employment and the numerous challenges faced by employees
in this sector. Despite many employment opportunities being occupied by graduates, the sector is known to have
limited potential for employment growth and progression. It is also evident that tourism and hospitality
graduates tend to have an inaccurate understanding and unrealistic employment expectations of the sector. This
study therefore examines the employment traits and challenges of tourism and hospitality graduate employees.
A quantitative research design was utilised for the study, and a structured online questionnaire was used to
collect empirical data from 133 tourism and hospitality graduates. The graduates were selected from a
University of Technology using a stratified random sampling technique. SPSS was used to analyse primary data
and generate descriptive and inferential statistics. The key findings of the study revealed that most respondents
were currently employed in the tourism and hospitality industry on a full-time basis, many of whom found
employment immediately and easily after the completion of their studies. Compared to the tourism and
hospitality sector, graduate employees earned higher incomes in other employment sectors. Moreover, it was
evident that graduates employed in the tourism and hospitality sector were faced with far more challenges than
those that were employed in other industry sectors.

Key words: hospitality, tourism, graduates, employment, challenges


 
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Lukhanyo Stemele, Reshma Sucheran. GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY: ATTRIBUTES AND CHALLENGES. JCR. 2021; 8(2): 1559-1569. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.156


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Lukhanyo Stemele, Reshma Sucheran. GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY: ATTRIBUTES AND CHALLENGES. JCR. 2021; 8(2): 1559-1569. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.156



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Lukhanyo Stemele, Reshma Sucheran. GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY: ATTRIBUTES AND CHALLENGES. JCR. (2021), [cited June 17, 2021]; 8(2): 1559-1569. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.156



Harvard Style

Lukhanyo Stemele, Reshma Sucheran (2021) GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY: ATTRIBUTES AND CHALLENGES. JCR, 8 (2), 1559-1569. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.156



Turabian Style

Lukhanyo Stemele, Reshma Sucheran. 2021. GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY: ATTRIBUTES AND CHALLENGES. Journal of Critical Reviews, 8 (2), 1559-1569. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.156



Chicago Style

Lukhanyo Stemele, Reshma Sucheran. "GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY: ATTRIBUTES AND CHALLENGES." Journal of Critical Reviews 8 (2021), 1559-1569. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.156



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Lukhanyo Stemele, Reshma Sucheran. "GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY: ATTRIBUTES AND CHALLENGES." Journal of Critical Reviews 8.2 (2021), 1559-1569. Print. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.156



APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Lukhanyo Stemele, Reshma Sucheran (2021) GRADUATE EMPLOYMENT IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY: ATTRIBUTES AND CHALLENGES. Journal of Critical Reviews, 8 (2), 1559-1569. doi:10.31838/jcr.08.02.156