Understanding Students’ Intentions to Join the Hospitality Industry: The Role of Emotional Intelligence, Service Orientation, and Industry Satisfaction

Kate Walsh*, Song CHANG, Eliza Ching Yick Tse

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Abstract

A study of 246 hospitality degree students in Hong Kong and the United States found that emotional intelligence has a strong effect on students’ intentions to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. The students’ service orientation has a similar but weaker effect. The study also found that this relationship is mediated by the degree to which these post-internship students were satisfied with working in the industry. Because emotional intelligence can be enhanced through education, hospitality educators can help develop their students’ emotional intelligence and service orientation and potentially increase their likelihood of developing successful careers within the industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-382
Number of pages14
JournalCornell Hospitality Quarterly
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • emotional intelligence
  • intentions to stay in the hospitality industry
  • service orientation

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