PLU Career Resources & Vocational Exploration
Let us help you explore your vocation! Vocational discernment is a life-long educational process that often intersects with choosing a major and a career. Sometimes your vocation is fulfilled through your work, sometimes through your activities outside of work but almost always results in service with others. Vocational exploration involves thinking, acting and reflecting. Here are some opportunities and resources to help you begin the journey.
PathwayU is a completely FREE career and vocation assessment tool designed to help you discover more about yourself and the career options that would most align with your values and interests.
By taking just a few short assessments, PathwayU will help you discover what brings you the most joy and purpose, and then help you translate that into a career.
Here’s how you can get started:
- Take the assessment – answer questions about your interests, values, personality, and work environment preferences.
- Explore the dozens of career matches PathwayU shows you, based on your assessment results.
- For each career match, you’ll be able to watch videos and read more about what the job entails, find salary information, view current job openings available, and more.
Whether you’re new to PLU and haven’t decided on a major yet, or you’ve already declared, but want more information about the career options available to you, What Can I Do With This Major will help you learn more about the opportunities available to you after you graduate.
This helpful tool can help you learn:
- The type of career areas that each major offers
- The kind of employers that hire from each major
- Strategies to help make you a stronger candidate for jobs and internships within your field
If you don’t see your exact major listed on the site, we encourage you to look at majors that are similar to yours.
Use the Opportunities Board to engage with our career services team and find job and internship opportunities on and off campus.
Through the Opportunities Board, you can:
- Schedule an appointment with a Career & Internship Advisor
- Search and apply for a variety of jobs and internships (including on campus, off campus, local, and national positions)
- RSVP to upcoming career events to meet with local employers offering strong internship programs and job opportunities
Join LuteLink to connect with alumni who are eager to help you succeed as you navigate college and prepare for your future career. This tool is a great way to help you build your professional network!
LuteLink allows you to:
- Quickly search for and message alumni who’s industry and interests are similar to yours
- Join one of our mentoring programs, where you will be matched one-on-one with an alumni mentor who is currently working in your field of interest
- Easily schedule informational interviews or a job shadow with alumni working locally, nationally, and abroad
Parker-Dewey can help you find micro-internships, which are great for students looking for ways to get hands-on professional experience, but don’t have time to commit to a semester-long internship.
What is a micro-internship?
- Micro-internships are short-term, project based internship opportunities
- These internships are typically completed virtually and involve 40 hours of work or less
- These opportunities are offered at start-up and Fortune 100 companies within a variety of industries
The Wild Hope Center for Vocation helps students, staff, faculty, and alumni shape lives of meaning and purpose by promoting human and ecological flourishing.
Through resources like videos and podcasts, combined with annual on-campus events like “Meant to Live”, the Center offers a variety of programming to help students across all majors discover their vocation so they can live lives of thoughtful inquiry.
Click below to learn more about the Center and discover your vocation!