The effects of work experience on university students' self-efficacy related to employment and study related skills

Michael Raybould, Marlene Pratt, Gabrielle Walters

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This study investigates the role of work experience in university students’ self-efficacy in a range of work-related and study-related skills. Part of the rationale for compulsory work experience in hospitality, tourism and event programs has been that it contributes to greater confidence, and ultimately to better performance, in work and study related skills. Data was collected from approximately 300 students enrolled in hospitality, tourism or event management subjects using an instrument adapted from similar studies conducted on accounting and psychology students. Preliminary results of this study indicate that students with significant amounts of work experience reported higher levels of self-efficacy on all 15 items related to employment skills, and on 7 out of 23 items related to study skills, than students with no work experience. Study related items that appear to benefit from work experience include those related to the ability to verbalise thoughts and engage in debate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCAUTHE 2016: The Changing Landscape of Tourism and Hospitality: The Impact of Emerging Markets and Emerging Destinations
EditorsMadalyn Scerri, Lee Ker Hui
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherBlue Mountains International Hotel Management School
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9945141-0-3
ISBN (Print)9780987050793
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2016
EventCAUTHE 2016 – 26th CAUTHE conference: The Changing Landscape: The Impact of Emerging Markets and Destinations - Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 8 Feb 201611 Feb 2016
Conference number: 26th


ConferenceCAUTHE 2016 – 26th CAUTHE conference
Abbreviated titleCAUTHE
OtherThe Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School hosted the conference at the Wesley Conference Centre, Sydney, Australia. It was attended by around 272 delegates. A total of 166 papers were submitted, with 147 presented at the conference. This was comprised of 38 full research papers and 128 working papers. In addition, 9 papers were presented in poster format as visual presentations in the Research Sharing Session.

Three keynote speakers presented information on the theme of emerging markets:

Tammy Marshall NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Major Events
Simon McGrath Chief Operating Officer for Accor Pacific
Professor Susanne Becken, Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University and Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism
It had been a long time since the conference had been held in Sydney and the organising committee felt it was important to treat delegates to events that would showcase the Sydney icons, the harbour bridge, the opera house, the harbour and the relaxed party atmosphere. The social program included a networking reception at the Cruise Bar at the overseas passenger terminal; the welcome reception at the STUDIO at Sydney Tower; and the conference gala dinner held on board the Blue Room floating on Sydney Harbour.

The sponsors of the conference were publishers Routledge, Goodfellows, Cengage and Channel View and eHotelier and Share Centre (powered by STR and STR Global).
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