Even though Career Week was 2 weeks ago, I am still reflecting over some of the things I learned. I had the opportunity to participate in the “Discovering My Design” retreat on the Friday and Saturday of Career Week. The cool thing is that I still refer to the information and insights that I gained that weekend.
John Beck (Director of Career Services) organized the entire Career Week and made an appearance at the session, but Steve Newton (Director of Service Learning and Sophomore Success) ran the session. Four other students, along with myself, took part in this awesome retreat. The goal was to explore the unique way God has gifted us individually. It was designed to help us distinguish between what we can do, and what we really love to do. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I am able to take this verse and apply it to my own life. God created me in advance for a specific purpose, and part of that purpose is to use the talents and desires he has given me in order to serve Him.
That Friday, Steve Newton gave the introduction for the retreat and assigned a homework assignment to be completed for the following morning. We had to recall and write down several different life stories (ranging from childhood to college) and pinpoint something we really enjoyed doing, did well, and how we achieved or accomplished that thing. The next morning, we shared our stories and looked for 5 different components: abilities, subject matter, circumstances, relationship, and payoff. It was really cool to see that even though I had 3 completely different stories, I had similar component characteristics in each one.
This week, I challenge you to look at the different gifts and abilities that God has blessed you with. What is your motivation? Where do you find satisfaction in your work? I encourage you, as you prepare for a career, to look for something that you love and not just something that you think you’re good at. God bless!