Fuller Careers and Personal Development
Reflections. Relationships. Resources.
We’re committed to promoting the holistic and transformational growth that will help you thrive as you discover your vocation in God’s work in the world. In today’s changing work context, developing vocational agility (identifying your transferable skills in various career contexts) and achieving vocational coherence (alignment with what you believe, who you are, and what you do) are vital. Ultimately, our prayer is that the marriage of personal reflection, professional relationships, and practical resources will assist you in your search for meaningful work—whatever the context, however long, in any season.
Vocational Coherence that Builds Community
There is a tendency to believe we are called to only one role in life: to pursue one dream, one job title, one career field. This may be how God guides some. Yet God calls many others to live out their vocation in evolving ways. In a changing world, we must grow the ability to continually hear God’s voice, respond to it in new contexts, and faithfully embody our vocational life and practice with openness and agility. Nicole Higgins is one graduate who embodies her vocation in this way—discovering, over time, how to live out her passion by bringing social change to downtown Orlando, Florida. We’re here to help you live out your calling.
A Strategic Approach to Career Discernment
Fuller Careers and Personal Development continually looks at research and effective practices to develop strategic and successful methods for job seekers. While we offer practical resources for career exploration, we also acknowledge that vocational discernment is essential to begin one’s journey. At the core of this discernment, we believe, we are called first and foremost to Christ. Out of our relationship with Christ, we discover how our unique giftings can be used in any vocational context. In considering the spiritual and practical components together in this way, we offer the Career Discernment Process tool below as a holistic method of seeking meaningful work.
90% of Job Seekers Need a New Strategy
70% of Employers Eliminate Candidates Due to Social Media
80–85% of Jobs Are Filled by Referral
The Career Discernment Process
The Career Discernment Process allows us to discover work that corresponds with our vocation in God's kingdom. Ideally, once you assess yourself to gain an understanding of your skills, values, and strengths, you are better prepared to articulate clearly who you are and what your value is to potential employers. You can then align yourself with a strong network of mentors and connections and attempt to acquire opportunities that will expand your skills and experiences.
Throughout our lives, we may find ourselves needing to engage with this process from a different starting point. Wherever you are in your career development, we hope this process will draw you closer to God and God's purposes for the world, lead to personal growth and discovery, help you embody vocational coherence and agility, and give you some practical tools needed for career exploration.
Students and alumni can access more information about this process and online resources on the Quad, Fuller's online portal for student and alumni engagement (requires a Fuller ID).
82% of Fuller’s 2016 graduating class reported having positive placement one year after graduating.
Humberto Rebollo (MDiv ’16) came to find his calling in bivocational work. Artistically gifted, he was charged with overseeing the first Latino gallery in Melbourne, Florida. At the same time, he and his wife were planting a church in nearby Fellsmere, a small Latino community. Yet Humberto struggled to integrate his art with his ministry, and was unsure how to embody both. When he came to Fuller, he found new connections and opportunities through the seminary’s Centro Latino—and inspiration to bring his two passions together. Now, Humberto says, “Being bivocational is a blessing to the community, and it’s a language that can communicate the gospel.”
Fuller Graduates in Action
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Do you have questions or would you like more information about careers and personal development? Please contact us. We’re here to help!