ERIC Number: ED167865
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Who Will Succeed? College Graduates as Business Executives. Special Topic Series No. 3.
Bisconti, Ann Stouffer
There are several social and personal characteristics that may differentiate those college graduates who will achieve high-salaried positions as business executives from those who will not. Some conclusions about patterns that seem to be associated with becoming a high-salaried business executive can be drawn from the findings of the Utilization of Education Survey, conducted in 1974-75 for the CPC Foundation and the National Institute of Education. The data in this survey, based on the responses of college graduates who participated for over a decade in a survey panel, illuminates the family background, scholastic achievement, college education and self-assessment of a number of business executives. Findings show that the highest salaried business executives are more likely than others to have college-educated fathers, high grades in high school and college, and to have attended a very selective college. They report a positive self-assessment, indicating a high degree of drive to achieve and intellectual and social self-confidence. No relationship was found between majoring in business and attaining a high-salaried position as a business executive. The findings suggest that a certain amount of brilliance in intellect, performance and style is more important than what one studies in college in order to become a business executive. (Author/PK)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Placement Council, Bethlehem, PA.
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