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PREFACE

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The purpose of this little book is to encourage thought upon their future vocations, by boys about to finish school. It is designed primarily for reading by boys.

A brief outline of the advantages, disadvantages, work done, and training necessary for nineteen leading careers is given; and although there are others of equal merit, the choice of most well educated boys will lie within these nineteen careers.

It is not desired that any one make a premature decision regarding his future vocation. A wise decision can be reached only by much thought, study and investigation. Such a decision is hard

a to make, since experts, who are the chief source of information regarding their own careers, are apt to be prejudiced, and furnish biased opinions that are of relatively little value when comparing one career to another.

If a boy feels it advisable to go to college, he should reach a decision regarding his career, before commencing his junior year. If he has not done so by then and can furnish no real reason for staying on, he had better leave. To remain,

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usually means that he will merely spend the rest of his time there profitlessly and in idleness.

It is a fact that many boys from our better schools go to college and stay there without any real purpose or aim; and do no thinking whatever about their careers until they have left, and at the age of twenty-two or three are suddenly confronted with the necessity of finding a job.

Decisions under such conditions are likely to be hasty and unwise; and about 90 per cent of the boys I have known make their decisions under such conditions.

It is in the attempt to remedy this, and to encourage further thought about their future careers, that this little book is written for boys of school and college age.

Carefully selected supplementary reading material for each career is listed at the end of each chapter.

* * In the preparation of this book, use of the following publications is hereby acknowledged:

The Wall Street Journal; Commerce and Finance; Time; Modern Business, the Alexander Hamilton Institute; The Young Man and the World, A. J. Beveridge; What Can a Young Man Do? F. H. Rollins; A Guide to the Study of Occupations, F. J. Allen; How to Get a Position and How to Keep It, S. R. Hall; If I were

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Twenty-One, W. Maxwell; The Training of a Salesman, W. Maxwell; Men Who Are Making America, B. J. Forbes.

Cordial thanks are extended to Hon. William Marshall Bullitt of Louisville, Ky., to Messrs. Edmund Q. Sylvester of Boston, John Hampton Barnes of Philadelphia, Frank J. Sulloway of Concord, N. H., Dr. Carleton R. Metcalf of Concord, N. H., and Bishop Slattery of Massachusetts; who have either lectured to my classes here or supplied material or suggestions for certain chapters.

Lastly, I am much indebted to Messrs. Charles C. Monie and Henry C. Kittredge of this school, who have read the entire manuscript and offered valuable suggestions.

EDWARD D. TOLAND. St. Paul's SCHOOL, Concord, N. H.

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