The YLMIA Board sponsored a series of articles on paid employment for Mormon girls in the Young Woman’s Journal in 1927 (search “paid employment” in the Topical Guide for links). Perhaps that series for young women was partially inspired by the full MIA course for young men taught during the 1925-1926 year.
This course goes into much greater depth than the articles for the girls, and lacks the charm of that author’s style. It is, though, a good glimpse into the place of labor and careers in the lives of men of that generation. I generally find the background chapters tedious, and the chapters on specific career fields interesting. For that reason I’ll post these lessons in pairs as far as they go, using the table of contents in this post as an index, adding live links as each chapter is posted. If there’s a chapter you’re interested in reading, speak up in the comments.
Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association
The Young Man and his Vocation
The General Board of Y.M.M.I.A.
Salt Lake City, Utah
I — Succeeding in Life
II — The Need of Vocations
III — Kinds of Vocations
IV — The Vocational Situation
V — The Agricultural Pursuits
VI — The Trades
VII — Manufacturing
VIII — Business
IX — Engineering – Architecture
X — Medical and Legal Professions
XI — Teaching – Librarian
XII — Art – Music – The Stage
XIII — Mining
XIV — Research – Science – Expert Service
XV — Journalism – Authorship
XVI — Vocations Developed in Recent Years
XVII — Vocations for the Disabled and for Special Conditions
XVIII — Choosing the Right Vocation
XIX — Preparation for a Vocation
XX — Securing and Keeping a Position
XXI — Keeping Fit
XXII — Efficiency in Work
XXIII — Some Vocational Problems
XXIV — The Vocational Outlook
Let every man be occupied, and occupied in the highest employment of which his nature is capable, and die with the conscience that he has done his best. – Sidney Smith.