First discussion of the greatest problem to be faced by the Senior Class, the employment problem, was started this morning when all members of the graduating class received letters from James F. Dwinell '02, Director of the Placement Office, enclosing a pamphlet on occupational information.
The letter asks the return of a postal arranging an appointment for all those who desire to discuss the "problem of choosing and finding employment," and it also stresses the necessity for the appointments being arranged early in the year.
The booklet, so far as is known, the first of its kind over written, is divided into three parts. The first section deals with the placement of "Seniors in Business and Industry," describing the types of opportunity, what employers desire from employees, and the preparation one receives in Harvard for such work.
In this first section is the declaration: The business man wants intelligent college graduates, with minds trained to make careful analyses, alert and critical minds able to make reasoned judgements. The academic standards of Harvard College are high, and the student who maintains high scholarship throughout his four years may submit convincing testimony of his intellectual capacity."
Conviction, self-reliance, the power of decision, and skill in human relations, were listed as outstanding among personality factors.
Part Two is devoted to occupational information as a basis for choice of work and seeking placement, and also lists the sources of information on the subject in the University. The third part of the pamphlet is devoted to the work of the placement office, its purposes, facilities, service to alumni, and in conclusion words of advice to registrants