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March 17, 2016

Find Your Calling

Years of reading reports about the lower unemployment and higher wages of college graduates have convinced you that higher education is a worthwhile pursuit. Unfortunately, while you recognize the value of a college education, you still have absolutely no idea what you want to study or how you want to use the skills you gain in the professional world. The typical advice given to students in your position is to follow your passion, but if this is not possible or advisable, you may benefit more from discerning where your true talent lies -- and using that knowledge to find your calling at Geneva College. If you're unsure of your natural talents, use the following techniques to gain much-needed insight:

Think back to your childhood

As a kid, you likely shined in at least one area, be it art class, playground games or selling lemonade. Think long and hard about what you did well in in school, and not just what you liked to do. If your parents managed to hang onto report cards, look them over for grades and teacher comments. You may be surprised by what you learn, but you'll also likely discover something about your true nature that you've been stifling all these years.

Ask your teachers, coaches and work supervisors for help

From your English professor to your current supervisor at work, a variety of people have seen you in action and can tell you exactly where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Instructors, coaches and supervisors are all useful in that they are less likely to sugarcoat their answers when you request feedback, whereas friends and relatives might not give you the honest assessment you desire.

Take note of compliments you've deflected

Have you ever received a compliment, but downplayed it because you thought the person giving the feedback was just being nice? Or, perhaps, you've received repeated compliments about a trait you don't value, and thus have failed to give it the attention it deserves. The Muse suggests being more mindful of the positive feedback you receive and determining whether the traits others have highlighted could translate into fulfilling your personal calling and life pursuits.

Take stock of your role in class projects

When you're asked to complete a group project, do you take charge and delegate tasks? Do you take detailed notes as the leader gives instructions? Or do you wish for everybody else to mind their own business as you tackle the work alone? No matter which approach you take, it can reveal something vital about your strengths. If you take on the leadership role, you might be cut out for business management. If you prefer to solve problems on your own, engineering may be a more suitable career.

Try new classes and activities

If, after thinking about your past successes, you still come up short, now is the time to dive into new experiences and see what happens. Join a club, attend a lecture, or try something completely out of your comfort zone. The more new activities you try, the more likely you'll be to stumble upon your true calling.

With more than forty degrees offered at Geneva, the process of narrowing down the options to one degree program may seem overwhelming. However, God has a plan for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). Geneva College wants to help you understand what that plan is. If you are still wondering if Geneva is right for you we not only encourage you to explore our degree offerings but also our Career Development services. Every student at Geneva is provided with services to help students discern direction via our career assessment, career coaching services, career awareness resources and internships. We also help students with the job search and graduate school processes including job search strategies, resumes, cover-letters, interviewing, salaries, e-portfolios, job & internship postings, grad school profiles, grad school essay assistance, grad school exam prep and more. For more information visit our Career Development page.