The office of Vocation and Professional Development (VPD) provides a pathway to meaningful work by advising students throughout college (and as alum) in the career development process, including career planning, professional coaching and assessment, the internship program, and the job search.
Whether you are Christian or profess a different faith, the term vocation means that you are called to different spheres of influence, oftentimes simultaneously in life. A vocation may be a certain career, but it also might be a project or a leadership role on campus. It can mean being a mom or dad, a daughter or son, an accountant, a teacher, an entrepreneur, a historian, or a software developer. You are even called to be a Concordia University Texas student!
Career Planning Principles
Regardless of your level of professional experience, the same career planning principles apply.
- Assume change – You are learning and developing with every experience. The world around us, including the world of work, is changing constantly too. Knowing yourself well ensures that you will be able to self-select in and out of opportunities throughout your life.
- Find integration – You already have valuable experience, skills and talents that you can apply now to your work as a student, in a job, or in community service. Exploring your personal narrative will help identify transferrable knowledge and skills for opportunities now and for the future.
- Embrace the journey – Career planning does not end at a certain age, at graduation or with your first job after college. In fact, most people have 13 jobs and 7 careers in a lifetime. Consider career planning a journey rather than a final destination. Vocational discernment is life-long; therefore, career planning is a continuous process.
- Follow your own wisdom – The career planning process regardless of your experiences or stage in life involves continually asking yourself two important questions, “Who am I?” and “What is my work?”…Two questions that can only be answered by you and that should be asked regularly to inform all of your career planning decisions.
The VPD office provides the following career advising for self-evaluation, exploration, and goal setting:
- Assessment Tools – Gallup StrengthsFinder coaching, Focus 2/Majors to Careers
- Career Services - Job search, resume writing, majors to careers, professional profile and online job search engines, employer connections, networking opportunities, interview coaching.
- Internship Program – Internship search, application and enrollment, course orientation and management.
- Emerging Professionals student organization – Incentivized program developing marketable skills for the workplace, making employer connections, and hosting student led events.
- Class presentations
- Course projects
- Informational Interviews
- Majors 2 Careers/Focus2
- Gallup Strengths
- Mock interviewing
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