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Ask yourself these questions:

  • What do you enjoy learning?
  • Which academic activities tend to bring out your best work?
  • How do you most like to spend your free time?
  • What activities seem most rewarding to you?

Choosing a major based on your answers to these questions will likely lead to success and personal satisfaction in college and in your career — even if, in the long run, your career has no direct relation to your major.

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

In this important book, 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.

Career Assessment

Pathway U — your path towards joy, meaning, and purpose

Join now and get started: 

  • Complete four assessments (Values, Interests, Personality, and Workplace Preferences) in 15 to 25 minutes.
  • Use the Explore Career Matches feature to see what education and career paths are a great fit for you, and use the Job Board to find real jobs that fit these paths.
  • Click “Set Up Appointment” to schedule a time to talk with a counselor.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is designed to help you identify your strengths and unique gifts, discover areas for potential growth, and develop an understanding of and appreciation for people different from you.*

*The Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessments cost $20 each. Before paying the fee, you will need to meet with a career counselor to discuss which assessment is right for you. Upon payment, you will be emailed a link to the online assessment(s). To receive your results, schedule an assessment-interpretation appointment with a career counselor. Be sure to mention which assessment(s) you completed so that your report will be ready when you arrive.

O*NET Career Exploration Tools

O*NET is the nation's primary source of occupational information. The O*NET database contains hundreds of occupation-specific descriptors, and is continually updated with feedback from a broad range of workers in each occupation.

O*NET Ability Profiler: Individuals can use the O*NET Ability Profiler to identify strengths, as well as areas for additional training and education, and to identify occupations that fit their abilities.

O*NET Interest Profiler: A self-assessment career exploration tool that can help students discover work activities and occupations that they would like and find exciting. They can use their interest results to explore the world of work. 

O*NET Work Importance Locator / Profiler: This self-assessment allows users to identify what is important to them in a job and identify occupations that may be satisfying based on the similarity between their work values (such as achievement, autonomy, and conditions of work) and the characteristics of the occupations.

Strong Interest Inventory

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) measures your level of interest in school subjects, occupational areas, work and leisure activities, and various learning and work environments.*

  • You can schedule an appointment with a professional career counselor online from the “Career Center” tab on your Handshake account, in person at our front desk on the second floor of the Student Union Building, or by calling 206-281-2485.
  • Also, 15-minute walk-in appointments are available during the school year Monday–Friday, 12–2 p.m.

Choosing a major