The Employability Skills and Self-Perceived Competence for Careers in the Hospitality Industry

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INTRODUCTION

Significance of the Study

The responsibilities of entry-level managers in the hospitality industry are continuously changing. Obtaining and keeping a management job in a restaurant or hotel requires that a person have the ability to change. Successful managers have the enthusiasm to respond to the changing needs and challenges of their organization (Woods & King, 2002). Some of these challenges are due to the changes affecting the hospitality industry today, Consequently, the curriculum and the methods used to prepare entry level managers in this field should also be design to fit the demands of today’s industry. Hospitality managers should be able to provide effective leadership to employees which indicated that employers like to hire potential leaders who are skilled at stimulating people to take rational initiatives. Leadership skills are not the only skills needed by employers. In fact, leadership skills are some of the employability skills most desired by employers. Commission on Higher Education: This study will aim to provide factual ideas about the employability skills and self-perceived level of competence for careers in the hospitality industry of graduating students major in HRM at USM that can be used as a factor in considering the enhancement of the curriculum. Hospitality Professors: The outcome of this study will provide efficient data and facts based on applied research, which would enable hospitality professors to identify competencies to be given priority in their curriculum and program planning. Hospitality Students: This study will help the students to be aware in their field, which will be very useful during their years of study and in acquiring jobs in the near future. Researcher: This study will answer the questions of the researcher, which will led to formulation of this research and that further study regarding the employability skills and self- perceived level of competence for careers in the hospitality industry of graduating students major in HRM at USM.

Objectives of the Study

The general objective of the study is to assess employability skills and self- perceived competence for careers in the hospitality industry of graduating students major in HRM at USM.
Furthermore, this study aims to:
1. describe demographic characteristics of senior students major in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Southern Mindanao including: age, sex and academic performance; 2. determine the students’ self-perceived level of competence at performing employability skills necessary for careers in the hospitality industry; 3. identify the source of developed competence in employability skills needed for careers in the hospitality industry; and 4. evaluate relationships between HRM student characteristics and self perceived competence in employability skills needed in the hospitality industry.

Expected Output

1. the demographic characteristics of senior students majoring in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Southern Mindanao including: age, sex and academic performance were described; 2. the students’ self-perceived level of competence at performing employability skills necessary for careers in the hospitality industry were determined; 3. the source of developed competence in employability skills needed for careers in the hospitality industry was identified; and 4. relationship between HRM student characteristics and self perceived competence in employability skills needed in the hospitality industry were evaluated.

Time and Place of the Study

The study will be conducted from June- October of the year 2012-2013 in University of Southern Mindanao, Kabacan, North Cotabato.

Scope and Limitations of the Study

This research study will focus on the Employability Skills and Self-Perceived Competence for Careers in the Hospitality Industry of Senior Students Major in Hotel and Restaurant Management at...
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