The effects of perceived parental influences and work values on career choice intention of hospitality and tourism management students in China

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The effects of perceived parental influences and work values on career choice intention of hospitality and tourism management students in China

 

Author: Liu, Jing
Title: The effects of perceived parental influences and work values on career choice intention of hospitality and tourism management students in China
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2008
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Parental influences -- China.
College students -- China -- Attitudes.
Career development -- China.
Hotel management -- China.
Tourism -- China.
Department: School of Hotel and Tourism Management
Pages: xi, 132, 5 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2458051
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/6540
Abstract: Hospitality and tourism management (HTM) undergraduate students' reluctance to choose the hospitality and tourism career deteriorated the workforce shortages that challenged the industry in China. Various factors might exert an influence on youth's career choice intention. This study aimed to examine how HTM undergraduate students' perceptions of parental influential factors and their work values would predict career choice intention toward the hospitality and tourism (H&T) industry in China. In another words. this study was to investigate whether aspects of perceived parental influences and work values would have meaningful effects on career choice intention of HTM undergraduate students in china and how important these effects would be on the likelihood of selecting a specific H&T career by those students. Two instruments were utilized in this study. Parental influence scale was developed from literature review, telephone interviews, and a pilot test with 222 samples in three cities in China. Super's (1970) Work Value Inventory (WVI) was employed to measure respondents' work values. Main surveys were administered to 700 HTM undergraduate students in ten universities from five cities in China, with a result of 566 valid samples acquired. Six parental influential factors were derived by factor analysis using Principal Components Analysis with Varimax Rotation method. These parental influential factors are named as: (I) Perceived parental supports of the H&T industry; (2) Perceived parental supports of the H&T career; (3) Perceived parental encouragement to self-direction in career choice; (4) Perceived parental barriers to career choice; (5) Perceived parental career concerns about welfare and prestige; (6) Perceived transmission of parental views and values regarding career. Pearson correlation analysis indicated most of the parental influential factors were related to work value dimensions. Findings of a multiple linear regression concluded among parental influential factors, work value dimensions, and demographic variables, only three parental influential factors, including "perceived parental supports of the H&T career", "perceived parental barriers to career choice", and "perceived parental career concerns about welfare and prestige", were determined as being salient predictors for students' H&T career choice intention. In addition, results of independent sample t-test and one-way ANOVA showed demographic differences in parental influential factors, work values, and H&T career choice intention. Based on the findings of this research, an increased understanding of the effects of perceived parental influences and work values on career choice intention might lead to more atlraclion and recruitment of HTM undergraduate students to work in the H&T industry in China. Limitations, recommendations, and suggestions for future research were also discussed. Given the limited amount of research available on this topic. however, what was generated in this study would be important for providing insights into an area that would be worthy of much more industry and academic attention.

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