General self-efficacy's effect on career choice goals via vocational interests and person-job fit: A mediation model

Zibin Song, Kaye Kye Sung Chon

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This study investigates a new mediation model, in which individuals' career choice goals are proposed to be influenced by the interplays of three influences including general self-efficacy, vocational interests, and person-job fit perceptions. Soon-to-be graduates of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) who just finalized their placement in the industry responded to self-completed questionnaires. They were 302 senior undergraduates from two institutes of higher education in tourism and hospitality on China's Hainan Island. The four indirect causal paths within this mediation model include: (a) general self-efficacy. →. person-job fit. →. choice goals, (b) general self-efficacy. →. vocational interests. →. choice goals, (c) general self-efficacy. →. vocational interests. →. person-job fit, and (d) vocational interests. →. person-job fit. →. choice goals. The results of structural equation modeling indicate that these four paths are all statistically significant and all the hypotheses regarding these paths therefore gain empirical support. The study's findings as well as their implications are discussed within the context of self-efficacy theory, career development theory, and human resource development practices in the hospitality and tourism domain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)798-808
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2012


  • Choice goals
  • General self-efficacy
  • Human resources management
  • Person-job fit
  • Vocational interests

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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