Interested in vocational discernment or the Pathways to Purpose professional development opportunities but not sure how to get started? Find some inspiration through courses developed other institutions that span a wide range of disciplines including English, Communication Arts, Engineering, and Gender Studies.
|Course Title||Course Description|
Finding Your Calling: The Renaissance Within
|“This course will study the relationships between vocation and Early Modern history, culture, faith, and identity , examining how Renaissance men and women developed their vocations and drawing parallels to our lives today. You will also have the chance to practice contemplation and Ignatian discernment, reflecting on the quest for calling in your life.” (Full Syllabus)|
Introduction to Peace and Justice
|“Throughout this course we will consider the lives of various persons who have responded to a call to be a peacemaker. We will be alert to the variety of ways such a call found expression in their lives. Students will elect to study the life and writings of other peacemakers.” (Full Syllabus)|
Visual Imagery and Society
|“The purpose of this course is to allow the students to reflect on personal interests as they discover themselves in this world and discern a vocational path. Students will be required to creatively engage with the world around them through the media of photography in order to gain a better understanding of themselves and their world; who am I, what are my talents and interests, how do I incorporate my talents and interests into the world around me?”|
Christian Faith and the Engineering Profession
|“This course explores the relation of theology and engineering, focusing particularly on how the two disciplines come together in the profession of engineering lived in the contemporary world. Particular emphasis is given to issues encountered by mechanical and electrical engineers, such as product impact on the environment, the social implications of engineering, and engineering for the military.”|
Women, Work, and Calling in the Organized Church
|“This course examines how the arrangement of women’s work and calling is structured by the broader social, geographical, racial, gendered, and economic context in which churches operate. Throughout, we discuss structural barriers to vocational fulfillment and strategies to work towards a more just and equitable society as well as how issues raised by our three central women’s stories impact our own reflection on vocation and work.” (Full Syllabus)|
Assignments & Activities
- Coordinate with Career Development to embed career readiness activities
- Invite alumni or other speakers to discuss their experiences with the field and help students broaden their sense of what a successful career looks like
- Encourage students to grapple with the big questions of life while making connections to the discipline
- Link large vocational questions (Who am I? What are my gifts? What matters to me? What does the world need from me?) with knowledge and skills that are of practical value for occupational success
- Read about the lives of individuals who made contributions to the subject by embracing a calling
- Focus on reflective writing about past learning experiences
- Require students to articulate their goals, no matter how small or how big
- Involve experiential learning or service learning as a catalyst for vocational discernment
- Facilitate discussions that draw out the possible connections between in-class learning and out-of-class activities
- Engage students in discussions about social justice within the field that are relevant to leading a meaningful life
- Aspire to create an environment in which students are active participants in their learning experience
- Build purposeful silence into activities where students can pause, reflect, journal, and explore significance
Pre-Planned Activities and Worksheets
Still looking for more? Try reflecting on your own vocational journey or having discussions with colleagues to trigger ideas and inspiration. Then, consider sharing part of your vocational story with students.
- What do you love about your field?
- What were some of your favorite courses as a student?
- What brought you to Spring Hill College?
- How did you discover that you wanted to work at a school that values teaching?
- What was the biggest challenge you faced in completing your degree?
- How do you stay motivated and current in your field?