Session 4a

Students’ work aspirations among employed/ unemployed students and the link between aspirations and employability

Presenter:
Dr Sumeetra Ramakrishnan, Senior Lecturer in International Tourism & Hospitality, Middlesex University London

Abstract:


This study aims to analyse students’ work aspirations and establish patterns among employed/ unemployed students and the link between aspirations and employability. Tourism, an industry with multiple opportunities quite often finds students coming in with a multitude of aspirations, and motives. In order to support the students in achieving their ambitions, it is vital to understand and nurture their aspirations. Their choices and reasons for undertaking placements and internships provide a small but significant glimpse into their career aspirations, understanding which will benefit student support through learning opportunities and career development support. 

Key words:
Employment aspiration, work placement, internships, exchange programme, employability, ambition.