What makes a good businessperson? A good businessperson must have good communication skills to communicate ideas and directions clearly to employers/employees, fellow workers, and customers/clients. A good businessperson must be a good problem-solver and understand how to read and interpret many kinds of documents—for example, client letters, contracts, regulatory information, and tax laws. An understanding of economics (how business works) and ethics (how “love of one’s neighbor” translates to employers, employees, and customers) are also important for good businessperson.
Gutenberg graduates have pursued careers in business, and several have started their own businesses.
Sam Hobbs, class of 2009, started a contracting business. He says, “I’m very glad I came to Gutenberg. I learned a lot about how to think and how to ask questions. A Gutenberg education has its advantages in the workplace. One must read contracts very carefully, and careful reading is taught at Gutenberg. One must listen with a view to hearing what people are saying, and that can be learned at Gutenberg. And until Gutenberg, I never understood geometry, and now I employ geometry as a carpenter.”
But more important to Sam is this: “Gutenberg’s education has been incalculably useful in orienting me and many other students toward the value of the projects that our Western civilization has been engaged in for 2,500 years and the project that mankind has undertaken since the Beginning, that is, dealing with God.”
Looking back on his Gutenberg education, Sam says, “I couldn’t have asked for a better education. Sure, I could have pursued other options to make more money. But I’m quite sure that I would be very confused about what the world is about—the same way I was when I graduated from high school. Now as a contractor, I go about my business with some confidence that I have examined who mankind is and what is required of me. I have oriented myself toward God and can pursue in peace the mundane concerns of money and reputation.”
Natalie Sheild, class of 2011, started a catering business and restaurants. She says, “It became apparent that something was setting me apart in my field. Whether it was the ability to hear and communicate through difficult conversations, analyze and execute a technically difficult event, or find a way to listen to everyone and come to an amenable solution—the skills I had learned at Gutenberg started emerging. … It became obvious that this vocation [catering] was what I was meant to do. It fit like a glove. A year later, we added a restaurant concept to allow us to maintain a better staff. After poling the community, we decided to go with a “Germanish” concept, and thanks to those years of German at Gutenberg, I knew quite a bit about the culture and language. … Five years after I went into business, we now have a staff of thirty-five across five restaurant concepts. … I am so thankful that Gutenberg encouraged me to embrace a life of knowledge, truth, and analysis. I would not be the woman I am today without it.”