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Journal Article

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Person-environment fit; Differential predictions; Vocational education; Hospitality and tourism; Pandemic; Career choice



This study aims to examine the relationship of personal interest (P), the environment (E) (i.e., pandemic, social unrest, international disputes) and P-E fit, with the five selected career-related outcomes (i.e., intent to join tourism industry, lifelong commitment, leadership self-efficacy, resilience, and anxiety). Structural equation modelling was used to analyse 380 data from tourism students in Hong Kong higher education institutions. The results show that P strongly predict Intent, Lifelong, Leadership self-efficacy, and Resilience, while E strongly predicted Anxiety. Tourism educators and employers should facilitate a healthy match of P and E to attract new employees to the industry.

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Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education

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