Journal of Economics and Business

ISSN 2615-3726 (Online)

ISSN 2621-5667 (Print)

Published: 30 June 2019

Employable Skills for Hospitality Graduates as Perceived Among Hotel Supervisors in Cebu City

Simplicio R. Espellita Jr, Vicente S. Maravilla Jr

University of San Carlos, Cebu City Philippines

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Pages: 515-530

Keywords: Employable skills, Tourism, Hospitality Industry


Hospitality is one of the most significant components of the tourism industry. Graduates of hospitality management in the twenty-first century are facing an increasingly competitive and unstable employment market; thus, it is critical that they should be equipped with skills that enable them to maximize their full potential. According to Mcnair (2003), in the future, graduates will need to have greater ownership of their employable skills as well as the confidence to cope with economic upheavals in order to capitalize on career opportunities. Employable skills are those that prepare students specifically for the world of work. In common terms, they cover a range of competencies within the categories of hospitality operations skills, human resource skills, personal skills, and conceptual skills. This study relates to employers perceived of Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate skills as deemed required by need for accelerated performance levels in hospitality the businesses for fast change in the skills required of university graduates and to understand what industry needs from education and have education is accomplishing its objectives to prepare qualified graduate for the changing hospitality industry in the Philippines and it aims to determine the factor that measures the employable skills of the hotel. In the context of the findings of the study, the author concluded that the most employable skills as perceived among hotel supervisors in three departments, namely: Housekeeping Department, Front Office Department, and Food and Beverage Department were Front Office Operational Ability, Leadership skills, Communication skills, Cooperative team building, Critical thinking ability, Hands-on experience, and Strategic planning were the seven employable skills possessing a most or significant need for hotel supervisors. However, Restaurant Operational Management, Handling difficult people, Problem-solving and identification and interrelationship possess moderately crucial than their ability to perform the skills while Lodging Administration, Negotiating Skills, Computer Application and Finance and Accounting. Interestingly all four of the lowest rated employable skills in the hospitality industry are cornerstones taught, and it should still be retained because of its essential ratings among hotel supervisors.


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