Graduates up for the challenge

28 January 2005 by
Graduates up for the challenge

Graduates coming into the hospitality industry are increasingly demanding to be given responsibilities and opportunities that will challenge them and help them get on in their careers, according to a study from America.

Research by Cornell University School of Hotel Administration has found graduates are more likely than ever to be actively managing their careers.

The study of 401 graduates, entitled Retaining Management Talent: what hospitality professionals want from their jobs, examined the features of jobs that would help to improve commitment levels and encourage graduates to stay in the profession.

Graduates polled said they wanted jobs that challenged them and where there were opportunities for personal growth and career development.

They were unlikely to suffer incompetent bosses and wanted a fair wage for doing the job.

But, while cash and other benefits were a factor in whether they stayed in a job, the greatest motivation was whether they were being motivated and challenged and what opportunities for progression they got, the study found.

by Nic Paton

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