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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 21. 5th September 1973



Business students say that they will avoid jobs in which promotion is based only on seniority or in which there is an inflexible wage scale directly tied to length of service. They prefer employment conditions which stress performance and in which outstanding effort can be rewarded by early promotion.

It is well know that work attitudes change as one grows older and acquires more family responsibilities. The attitudes expressed d in this survey reflect only what is seen as desirable in the eyes of business students and do not necessarily predict actual job selection. Numerous factors are included in the choice of a job and quite often the decision hinges on relatively minor points. In the full employment conditions within New Zealand, however, there is wider possible selection for graduates than exists in most countries. For this reason, offers of routine work with minimum opportunity for decision-making may prompt business graduates to decline in favour of more challenging jobs with lower initial salaries. The most attractive jobs are those that provide a chance to put problem-solving skills into action and which He salary and promotion to actual performance.

These findings should please critics university business education who argue that graduates must not be accepted merely on the basis of their degree, but most prove that they can pay their way in the firm. In cossence, the business graduate is saying that he wants a job in which he can prove himself and he values most highly work which him the maximum opportunity to do so.