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Career Development

Vocational Discernment

Discover your purpose; it’s a lofty goal, almost overwhelming to think about at times, but we are here to help you navigate the ins-and-outs of discovering who you are and your unique purpose in the world. 

Vocation (vo 'ka shen)

A function or station in life to which one is called

Life task by which one earns a living

 Vocation includes the whole life of a person and is not simply an occupation. Vocation involves all of life's relationships and how you use and discover your unique skills, gifts, talents, passions and values to meet the needs of the world.  It's responding to the call of service in your own unique way.

 But what if you are still discovering your gifts and talents? Or, perhaps you want to explore additional possibilities; good discernment skills will guide your decisions.

 Discern (dis 'cern)

To recognize or comprehend

To sift and sort

Vocational discovery and discernment asks you to engage in, and reflect upon the process of seeking meaning, identity, and purpose from your life experiences.  It involves intentional thinking, acting, and reflecting on questions of self-discovery as we move through each stage of our life.  Questions such as:

  • What do I deeply enjoy about who I am and what I do? What am I most passionate about?
  • What talents do I have naturally? What gifts have I most developed?
  • What does the world around me need right now? What career path have I chosen and how will that fit into the needs of the world?
  • Which option is best for me? Which option will be best in providing service to the world?

This is all about how you discover and live out your passions in consistency with your choices.  It concerns your career, family, social engagement and global awareness. It’s all about discovering your unique purpose.