Industrial work experience: What matters more to the hospitality student?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The topic of life experience within an Industrial Work Placement (IWE) was first discovered during the placement that was completed by the author of this study, To discover which area students find the most beneficial in IWE: semi-structured interviews were conducted with students' who has taken international and national placements. National placements were further broken down into national and the city that the student studied in. After these interviews were conducted a further survey was needed to determine what student expected before embarking on placement and what they perceived they had received after the industry placement. Another layer of this study was to discover if the half tuition fee requirement affects the uptake of 48 week placements within the hospitality field as some researchers suggest. The data was split between the questionnaires and interviews for analysis. The questionnaires results were broken down into international 48 week placements, national 48 week placements, international 15 week placements and national 15 week placements. The questionnaire was a mixture of ranking and open-ended questions, the ranking questions were put into graphs and analysed by hand while the open-ended questions were broken down into the above categories and collated by the question. The interviews were broken down into international, national and Welsh placements; all students who were interviewed had taken a 48 week placement. The results showed that tuition fees are starting to be factored into the decisions of students but have yet to have a negative affect on the uptake of 48 week placements. Overall students feel that to have a successful placement both work experience and life experience need to be there as work experience is the reason for embarking on a placement, without it students are left feeling disappointed. Some students found having life experience dominantly in their placement was a benefit but only in certain settings.
BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management
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