Education to Vocation

Today I understand vocation ... as a gift to be received. Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already possess. Vocation does not come from a voice ‘out there’ calling me to become something I am not. It comes from a voice ‘in here’ calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original selfhood given me at birth by God.

Parker PalmerLet Your Life Speak (Jossey-Bass, 2000)

Pursuing one’s vocation means much more than finding meaningful employment. Instead, the voice of vocation is discerned at the intersection of talent (students’ natural gifts and strengths), passion (areas that students find naturally energizing, exciting, and motivating), conscience (a clear sense of what is true, right, and good), and the needs of the world.

Through a series of integrative and applied experiences, all APU students are given the opportunity to explore their calling and pursue their vocation with continuous support from the Center for Career and Calling. Students are also offered myriad opportunities for exposure to potential vocations as well as the development of writing, speaking, and other vital employment skills along the way.

The Education to Vocation Path

  • Initial Academic Assessment (undergraduates only)
  • Academic Service-Learning
    • Combine classroom learning with community action
    • Make a difference in real-life settings
    • Engage in positive and reciprocal relationships within APU and the community
    • Study away

  • Integrative Learning Experiences
    • Integrate ideas and concepts from different courses
    • Synthesize connections between concepts learned in and out of the classroom
    • Apply skills and theories to solve complex problems

  • Internships and Applied Learning
    • Experience professional work environments
    • Reflect upon the learning experience
    • Work with expert practitioners and mentors

  • Postacademic Assessment (undergraduates only)

APU Alumni are Equipped for ...

  • Vocation
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Employability
  • Career Preparedness

And Are Able to ...

  • Work in teams
  • Communicate clearly
  • Solve complex problems
  • Think critically and creatively
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills
  • Engage in cross-cultural understanding
  • Formulate and set goals
  • Seek and accept feedback
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize work
  • Demonstrate awareness of personal strengths