College students choose a major or an area of specialization for a variety of reasons. Earning potential, parental pressure, perceived demand and sometimes accident may enter in. They often report choosing travel and tourism or related fields based on pre-employment expectations of the glamour and excitement that this field is thought to provide. Graduates of many fields often enter professions and occupations only to find that reality does not meet pre-employment expectations. As the tourism and travel industry matures, and greater numbers of students are attracted, differences between expectations and experiences take on added importance. The objective of this study was to ascertain, the actual experience across the U.S. in a variety of travel/tourism occupations. This paper concerns the special comments made by those surveyed relative to their extreme "likes" and "dislikes".
Illum, Steve and Cheek, William H.
"Perception and Reality in Travel-related Employment,"
Visions in Leisure and Business: Vol. 8
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.bgsu.edu/visions/vol8/iss3/5