Called and Equipped

Cultivating Purpose and Skill Among Undergraduates: 
Gordon College and NetVUE North-East Regional Conference

The undergraduate college context is especially suited to sustain deep conversations about calling and foster a quest for purpose among students in a variety of settings: the academic classroom, intentional community life, co-curricular activities and more. At the same time, the institution must work to prepare its graduates for employment in their fields of interest, teaching them to revise resumes, practice for interviews, and cultivate the concrete skills that employers seek.  Too frequently, however, it seems that two project run on parallel tracks as some campus personnel engage students in conversations about meaning and purpose while others help students prepare for careers.

“Called & Equipped,” a regional conference sponsored by NetVUE and Gordon College, will gather faculty and staff from a variety of areas—student life, career services the Core curriculum and academic departments—for a day-and-a-half conversation about helping our students and our institution integrate the big picture questions about life’s meaning and purpose with the practical concerns of finding work in today’s job market.

Some questions we will address:

  • What do schools in the CIC currently do to link their Career Services offices to the academic classrooms and student development programs? What are some of the challenges and opportunities in creating these cooperative relationships?
  • What role do internships play in bridging these conversations for students?
  • How do faculty and staff become better equipped for both the broad vocational conversations and the practical ones?

Dr. Tim Clydesdale, professor of sociology at the College of New Jersey and author of The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens After High School, will be with us for plenary sessions and we will hear from each other about the challenges we face and what is working well on our campuses.

Conference Date: March 21–22, 2014
Location: Gordon College, Wenham, MA
Registration: NetVUE member campus $45/pp
  Non-NetVUE members, $85/pp



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