• Define your purposes for work and career.
  • Seek understanding of God’s role in career planning.
  • Follow God’s call rather than the latest trends.
  • Begin to explore your mission, passion, vision and life purpose.
  • Discover your interests, values, skills, personality, achievement and spiritual gifts.
  • Consider your academic major, academic interests and academic progress.
  • Acknowledge the importance of significant others and a personal support network.
  • Assess your needs for personal life, leisure and balance.
  • Be willing to compromise or sacrifice based on your values and priorities (for example, trading geographic mobility for the opportunity to be near family).

Career exploration

  • Develop a realistic picture of today’s marketplace and workplace.
  • Research interesting career fields and specific job descriptions.
  • Understand the importance of the person/environment fit.
  • Conduct informational interviews and job shadows with professionals.
  • Get experience via part-time, summer, internship and cooperative education positions.
  • Become involved in trade and professional associations related to your career interests.
  • Discuss your career options with faculty and staff advisers, alumni, pastors, friends, family members and mentors.

Spiritual discernment

  • Focus on hearing God’s leading for your life via solitude, prayer, Bible study and wise counsel. Be open and allow God to surprise you.
  • Recognize God may not always give you a “burning bush” experience. Be careful about over-spiritualizing day-to-day circumstances.
  • Purify your heart by dealing with sin that may keep you from spiritual discernment.
  • Acknowledge God’s perfect timing versus your sense of timing; overcome the “quick fix syndrome.”
  • Relinquish control of your life; submit your career plans to God’s sovereignty.

Goal setting

  • Exercise your free will by taking action coupled with spiritual discernment.
  • Be faithful to God’s will by taking action coupled with spiritual discernment.
  • Begin to set long-term goals consistent with your values and priorities.
  • Set short-term goals that are action steps based on your long-term goals.


  • Develop drafts of cover letters, resumés, and follow-up letters.
  • Seek feedback on your job search tools. Make revisions as necessary.
  • Build positive relationships with people (both personal and professional contacts).
  • Target employers that are consistent with your mission, passion, vision and life purpose.
  • Overcome the “keep it quiet syndrome.” Give God the chance to open doors for you through his people.
  • Develop your interview skills by role-playing interviews with a career counselor.
  • Follow up after job interviews by sending a thank you note or making a follow-up call.


  • Demonstrate humility as you seek confirmation from God; you may not be entitled by God to start your career by “landing the best job out there.”
  • Ask God to convict you of your mission, passion, vision and life purpose.
  • Realize God may not give you a neon sign when he asks you to make a decision.
  • Recognize God wants you to have peace and joy when you make a decision.
  • Re-evaluate your career decisions as you learn new information about yourself.
  • Recognize there is no “ideal job.” All jobs are affected by sin in the workplace.
  • Take a stand to deal with sin in the workplace by doing the right thing.
  • Be willing to experience new challenges and take on new responsibilities; bloom where you are planted by God.
  • Consider changing your short-term and long-term goals if they are not consistent with your mission, passion, vision and life purpose.

Myths and Facts About Choosing a Major

  1. It is better to avoid making a decision than to make a wrong decision.
  2. Decisions about a major are irrevocable and of life-and-death importance.
  3. A wrong decision is a failure, and this is horrible.
  4. Deciding against a certain major now means I am giving up that option forever.
  5. When making my decision about a major, it is important to please the significant people in my life.
  6. There is one—and only one—right major for me, and true happiness is impossible until I find it.
  7. My major can and must meet all of my needs and utilize all of my abilities.
  8. If I really “had my head together,” I would know exactly what major to choose.
  1. Experts predict people will make an average of three career changes and work seven to 10 jobs during their lifetime.
  2. Within three to five years, more than 50 percent of all college graduates are doing work having little or no relation to their college major.
  3. Those students who enter college with their major undeclared are more certain of their career direction by the end of their sophomore year than those who declared a major upon entering.
  4. Finding a job related to a college major is not essential for job satisfaction.
  5. Men and women who considered their jobs to be closely related to their major seemed to be no more satisfied with their work than others.
  6. Those who chose majors late in their college experience were equally satisfied with their eventual employment.
  7. It is not practical to choose a “practical” major that you don’t enjoy and do well in. Employers want to see you have done outstanding work in whatever you have chosen to study.
  8. If you don’t enjoy the academic work of a given major, you probably won’t enjoy the kind of occupations related to that major.

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