Self-assessment

  • 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.

Preparation

  • 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.

Evaluation

  • 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.