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Title: Adult vocational decision, career satisfaction and future intention: Insights from the hospitality industry
Authors: Zopiatis, Anastasios 
Theocharous, Antonis L. 
Constanti, Panayiotis 
Keywords: Hospitality industry;Vocational decision;SEM;Cyprus;Career satisfaction
Category: Economics and Business
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Volume 28 Issue : 12, pages 2696 - 2720
Abstract: Purpose This study aims to examine the association between the elements which influence the career decision-making process of tenured hospitality employees and their existing level of career satisfaction (CSat) and future intention. Design/methodology/approach Adopting a quantitative approach, a questionnaire survey collected data from 564 individuals working as full-time employees at all levels of the hierarchy in four- and five-star hotel establishments in Cyprus. Structural equation modeling analysis, preceded by exploratory factor analysis, was utilized to assess the constructs’ relationships and address the postulated hypotheses. Findings The results suggest that accurate job-person fit, reflective career awareness and the individuals’ pragmatic occupational perceptions, positively influence their CSat and, subsequently, strengthen their intention to remain and progress within the industry. Research limitations/implications The study’s setting, the Cyprus hospitality industry, a Mediterranean seasonal destination with unique operational characteristics, may limit the generalizability of the findings to business environments in other regions. Practical implications Insights are of interest and value to stakeholders, including academic scholars wishing to build on this investigation, industry professionals striving to revitalize interest toward relevant professions, career counselors’ vocational decision guidance tactics and strategies and individuals envisioning a prosperous hospitality career. Originality/value The paper enhances and enriches our conceptual knowledge of a relatively barren landscape, investigating the behavior of mature employees’ choice of a hospitality career.
ISSN: 0959-6119
Rights: © Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2016 Published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited Licensed re-use rights only
Type: Article
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