‘I was really lucky’: Returned graduates expectations of work in the Chinese hotel industry

Katrine Sonnenschein

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Abstract

Due to the attractive job market in China, Chinese international students often choose to return to their home country upon graduation (West, 2014). This research investigates whether the returned graduates’ expectations match their work situation in the Chinese hotel industry. The study includes an analysis of seven semi-structured interviews with Chinese graduates who hold a tourism and hospitality degree from a particular university in South-East Queensland. Except for one graduate, the returned graduates were relatively satisfied with their current work situation in the Chinese hotel industry. Nevertheless, it is recommended that the university help build realistic expectations for Chinese international students. More interaction among students and teaching staff about their future work requirements should take place. Furthermore, creation of more alumni community networks in China and Australia for students to meet other Chinese international students and graduates is recommended. Finally, it is recommended that hotels in China connect new employees with mentors and provide the employees with training.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTime for big ideas? Re-thinking the field for tomorrow : Proceedings of the CAUTHE 27th Annual Conference
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationUniversity of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Publication date2017
Pages326-335
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventCAUTHE 2017 – 27th CAUTHE conference: Time for big ideas? Re-thinking the field for tomorrow - University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 7 Feb 201710 Feb 2017
Conference number: 27
https://cauthe.org/conference-2017/

Conference

ConferenceCAUTHE 2017 – 27th CAUTHE conference
Number27
LocationUniversity of Otago
CountryNew Zealand
CityDunedin
Period07/02/201710/02/2017
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Keywords

  • Returned graduates
  • Chinese hotel industry
  • job expectations

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