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Vocational Discernment Sites
Online inventories can be enjoyable and helpful, but they are also limited. It is generally useful to include all of the following in your discernment process:
- Concrete experiences that you can reflect on, such as field education, an internship, volunteer work, job shadowing, or temporary employment.
- Consultations, such as the career consultations offered through the HDS Office of Career Services, or counseling offered by certified career counselors, pastoral counselors, and spiritual directors.
- Research on career fields, which may be done by perusing job announcements and position descriptions; reading professional journals and resources; conducting informational interviews; or scanning web resources, such as the professional field research sites we've identified.
- Reflection, through spiritual practice and/or reflective exercises, such as the ones provided in the HDS Career Guide.
For help getting started with any of the above, please contact us to arrange a consultation.
A United Church of Christ site created to assist people in considering the question of vocation to various types of ministry. Stories of call, images for meditation, prayers, essays, information, and advice.
Developed by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, this site may be helpful for those who seek to discern a vocational direction through the lens of Christian faith.
"Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential" identifies motivations as they relate to possible career fields. Requires about 20 minutes, and yields a narrative analysis of motivations at no charge. You will be offered additional services for various fees. We have not assessed the paid services.
Analyzes skills as they relate to potential fields. This site is also a good resource for researching careers.
An initiative of the Lilly Endowment, Inc. The bibliography is an especially helpful resource for persons exploring the question of vocation theologically.
Information and resources on vocations in Roman Catholic religious life or priesthood. Also has some resources with more broad applicability, including a spiritual-type inventory.