Experiential Learning in Event Management Education: Do Industry Placements in Degree Courses Complement Jobs Available in the Events Industry?

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Lockstone, Leonie, Junek, Olga and Mair, Judith (2008) Experiential Learning in Event Management Education: Do Industry Placements in Degree Courses Complement Jobs Available in the Events Industry? In: CAUTHE 2008 Tourism and Hospitality Research, Training and Practice: "Where the 'bloody hell' are we?". Richardson, Scott, Fredline, Liz, Patiar, Anoop and Ternel, Megan, eds. Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland, pp. 1-19.

Abstract

Faced with the emergence of event management education in Australia, the increasing number of graduates applying for event industry jobs and their often high expectations of the industry (Grafton 2004), it is vitally important that students in these courses gain practical experience of the industry in the form of experiental learning. Drawing on the case of one university, Victoria University, which offers a range of event management degrees, this paper adopts an extended analysis to examine the trends in work integrated learning (WIL) opportunities over a two and a half year period. It identifies these opportunities by role, industry sector and length of employment (short or long term). The paper takes the further step of comparing this data to current job opportunities in the events industry in order to assess whether experiental learning opportunities made available to students are indicative of the type of industry work they may choose to undertake upon the completion of their degrees. Discrepancies between the two areas are discussed with implications for the design and content of event management degrees, specifically the experiental learning component

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Proceedings of the 18th Annual Council for Australian University Tourism and Hospitality Education (CAUTHE) conference, 11th-14th of February, 2008, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia

Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/5686
ISBN 9781921291333
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Current > FOR Classification > 1504 Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Hospitality Tourism and Marketing
Keywords ResPubID15063, event management education, work-intergrated learning, events industry, experiential learning, career aspirations, job opportunities, Careerone, Mycareer, Seek, compliment
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