The step from college into the outside world is easy for the man who has determined his life occupation--for him it is merely a question of connecting up with a future employer. But for the man who has no definite inclinations, the world seems amazingly complex, with no helping sign posts.
The need for preserving business "secrets" and the very bigness of business machinery prevent the modern parent from copying the method of Benjamin Franklin's father, who took his son to the various occupations, and then let him choose the one he liked best. The Committee on Choice of Vocations, in an attempt to replace the ancient father, performs two extremely valuable functions. For men who have already chosen their profession the committee offers a series of personal conferences, so that the student may choose the particular division of his profession for which he is most fitted. For the more difficult task of guiding the man with no special bent toward a suitable niche, the Committee has arranged more conferences, talks by qualified men from the recognized professions, and has sent out a questionnaire to Juniors as well as Seniors.
The undergraduate can get as much advice and assistance as he wises from the Committee, but he must assume a large share of the initiative. The Committee has set a table loaded with information--the guests are to invite themselves.