ERIC Number: ED230152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Towards an Explanation of Leisure Services Practitioner Attrition: A Comparison of Recreation/Leisure Undergraduates' Expectations of Certain Job Characteristics and the Reality of These Job Characteristics.
Sutherland, E. R.; Thomas, Hollie B.
Expectations about jobs held by 77 undergraduates in the Leisure Services and Studies Department at Florida State University were studied. A basis for the study was the finding that 10-60 percent of leisure services practitioners leave the field within 2 years of graduation. It was hypothesized that the students' expectations about job characteristics would be different from reality. While 55 percent expected to be employed in a resort-commercial type agency, only 8.5 percent of the graduates were employed by this type of agency. Approximately 49 percent stated a desire to assume a programming position, while only 26 percent of the graduates were employed in a position of this nature. Followup discussions with students in this area suggested a concept of the field of practice to be one of distinct job specialization with little overlapping of duties. The expectations of current students concerning their initial salary indicates a third area of possible dissatisfaction with their employment in the field. Present students underestimated the possibility of their being employed in a position paying less than $10,000. Students held expectations of salaries that were higher than they were likely to obtain. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).