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Vocational exploration

Have you ever asked yourself: What should I do when I grow up? How can I do something that makes a difference in the world? Am I choosing the right major? Am I being the best person for my family?

You are not alone!

These types of questions might be referred to as types of questions about our vocation. Vocation includes the whole life of a person and is not simply an occupation.

Vocation involves all of life's relationships (i.e. employee, student, neighbor, parent, friend, brother, sister, daughter, son) and how you use and discover your unique skills, gifts, talents, passions and values to meet the needs of the world.

Vocational exploration involves intentional thinking, acting, and reflecting on these questions as we move through each stage of  life.

Students may schedule a Vocational Exploration appointment through Handshake. Or contact Keri Bass, assistant director of vocational exploration, 309-794-8613, Olin 107.

Vocational exploration in CORE

• Helps students explore questions such as: Who am I, What's my place in the world, and how can I make a difference?

• Helps the Augustana community explore how all aspects of the Augustana experience — academics, co-curricular activities, volunteer service and relationships with friends and family — help answer these questions.

• Helps connects these questions to the process of exploring majors, internships, study abroad, volunteer service, graduate school and careers.

• Offers retreats, individual appointments and workshops to help explore these questions

• Offers Servant Leader Internship Grants, ranging from $500-$2500, to support students who are exploring various career options, including a focus on non-profit organizations.

• Manages the Augustana Non-Profit Leadership Development Certificate

• Offers a 1-credit course on Vocational Exploration: LSC 250.