Journal of Research in Hospitality, Tourism and Culture

Journal of Research in Hospitality, Tourism and Culture   Vol. 1(1), pp. 15-22, February 2013        
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Career change intentions of eco-tourism and hospitality management University graduates

1Antoneta Njeri Kariru, *2Prof. Edwin Odhuno, 3Dr. Oscar Ouma Kambona

1/3Department of Eco-Tourism, Hotel and Institution Management, Maseno University, P.O. Box 333–40105, Maseno, Kenya

*2School of Hospitality and Tourism, Mount Kenya University, P.O Box 342-01000, Thika, Kenya

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Received December 6, 2012; Accepted February 4, 2013


In the recent past, there has been an influx of hospitality management university graduate employees into non hospitality organizations in Kenya. However, the main causes of this career change have not been examined. This study thus intended to investigate career change intentions of hospitality management graduates of Maseno University. The employees sampling frame consisted of employees who graduated from Maseno University in the years 2005 to 2010. Snowballing sampling was used to identify 150 representatives. The findings indicated that some graduates would like to build permanent careers outside the hospitality industry.

Keywords: Eco-tourism and hospitality management, university graduates, career change intentions, Kenya.

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