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Towards an Explanation of Leisure Services Practitioner Attrition [microform] : A Comparison of Recreation/Leisure Undergraduates' Expectations of Certain Job Characteristics and the Reality of These Job Characteristics / E. R. Sutherland and Hollie B. Thomas
Bib ID 5425979
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Sutherland, E. R
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1983 
24 p. 
Summary

Expectations about jobs held by 77 undergraduates in the Leisure Services and Studies Department at Florida State University were studied. A basis for the study was the finding that 10-60 percent of leisure services practitioners leave the field within 2 years of graduation. It was hypothesized that the students' expectations about job characteristics would be different from reality. While 55 percent expected to be employed in a resort-commercial type agency, only 8.5 percent of the graduates were employed by this type of agency. Approximately 49 percent stated a desire to assume a programming position, while only 26 percent of the graduates were employed in a position of this nature. Followup discussions with students in this area suggested a concept of the field of practice to be one of distinct job specialization with little overlapping of duties. The expectations of current students concerning their initial salary indicates a third area of possible dissatisfaction with their employment in the field. Present students underestimated the possibility of their being employed in a position paying less than $10,000. Students held expectations of salaries that were higher than they were likely to obtain. (SW)

Notes

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Education Work Relationship.  |  Employment Opportunities.  |  Expectation.  |  Higher Education.  |  Hospitality Occupations.  |  Labor Market.  |  Occupational Aspiration.  |  Salaries.  |  Work Attitudes.
Form/genre Reports, Research.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Thomas, Hollie B., author
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