An unusual source of advice to Seniors who consider entering business after graduation is found in the first of seven articles which will appear, regularly in the CRIMSON during the coming weeks. Written to English Public School Boys by a columnist famous for his energetic criticism, these articles are extremely pertinent to the average college graduate.
The first article sounds the principle note of the writer. American business men, like English business men, are aware of the advantages of education, and recognize more and more the value of intellectual training, whatever the particular study may be. But no business man will give a second thought to a prospective employee who imagines that a good college record is proof of that employee's willingness to cooperate. The standard cartoon of the college graduate who expects to succeed the president at the end of six months, if not sooner, is somewhat outworn. For college graduates are learning, often bitterly, that they must prove themselves through character, aggressiveness, and willingness to serve long apprenticeships in subordinate positions.
The adoption of training school methods by many of the large business concerns in this country bears witness to the fact that success in business is a privilege. Employees must prove themselves able to use and benefit by this privilege. Bureaucratic systems are in effect in most large businesses, and the foundation of the bureaueratic system is cooperative energy. No man can work solely for himself.
In following the advice of the writer of these articles. Seniors will avoid the unhappiness arising from ignorance of the right idea about business methods, and will better equip themselves to combat the difficulties of securing their first positions in the present period of extreme depression.