Explore Your Calling

Since childhood you have probably been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Entering college is a critical time during which that question comes into focus. Some students decide early on that they have a passion for a certain subject in school or a skill that they enjoy and want to use in their professional life.  But many people feel uncertain about their career direction — and that’s OK! Finding your career and calling is a lifelong journey, and the CCC is here to help you along the way.

Vocational Discernment

Vocational discernment is a process of clarifying one’s calling that involves guidance, self-reflection, and prayer. Students are encouraged to take time to understand their gifts and passions in order to find a vocational direction that will serve others and bring purpose and meaning to their life. 

Here are three of the ways the CCC can help:

  • Course: GS 2000/4000 Finding Your Vocation.” This 2-credit seminary-style course, offered every quarter, will help you come to know yourself better and sense God’s call on your life. You will learn to use reflective writing and tools for discernment and prayer in your everyday life and for your future.
  • Individual counseling appointments. Make an appointment to meet with our spiritual direction counselor or a career counselor to talk about your sense of purpose and direction.
  • Career assessments. We offer several online tools that can help you assess your strengths, interests, values, personality type, and more. 
  • SPU Library Resources. Over 1600 items exploring the theological and practical application of the intersection of the Christian faith in the workplace can be found in the Work and Faith Collection available on the third floor of the library
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Career Exploration

Once you have a better understanding of yourself and your calling, the next step is career exploration. Learn how to research occupations, gain career insights by networking, and get experience that will help clarify your direction. Then develop an effective strategy to realize your goals. 

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Come talk to us. We’ll walk you through your next steps!

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Vocation Field Guide

Use this guide to navigate your calling and career at SPU and beyond!

Carla Orlando

Meet Carla Orlando

If you’re interested in addressing important questions about who you are and how you can sense God’s call on your life, meet with Vocational Discernment Counselor Carla Orlando one-on-one or take her class, “Finding Your Vocation.” Learn to make good, prayerful decisions by listening to what gives your life a sense of meaning and purpose.

“We seek to help each student recognize his or her unique calling and to take the next steps in a life-long journey of pursuing that call.”
Vocational Initiative
Seattle Pacific University
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Calling & Clarity: Discovering What God Wants for Your Life

Doug Koskela explores how gifts, passions, and vocation relate to one another, and offers practical guidance for vocational discernment. You can borrow a hard copy from the CCC Library or check out the ebook from the SPU Library.

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