The Gordon College Calling and Career Conference seeks to advance each student’s preparation for entering a world of faithful work, service, and leadership through:
All second-year students are invited to participate in this annual conference and reflect on God’s calling in their lives, translate their unique strengths and experiences to the world of work, meet alumni in various fields, create/polish their resumés, develop networking and interview skills, and discern next steps in their professional journeys.
The 2017 conference was hosted at The Academy at Penguin Hall, a Catholic college preparatory secondary school for young women, located in Wenham, MA. The manor house on the property was built 87 years ago and served as the summer home for socialite Ruby Boyer Miller. Since then, it has served as a retreat house for nuns and then as headquarters for Mullen advertising.
The Calling and Career Conference includes the opportunity to learn about vocation and career preparation from visiting guests, including a distinguished speaker. Rev. Dr. Kenneth J. Barnes served as the keynote speaker at the 2017 Calling and Career Conference. Dr. Barnes serves at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary as the Director of the Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics and Mockler-Phillips Associate Professor of Workplace Theology and Business Ethics. Before serving in the academy, he spent over twenty-five years as a senior executive with several multinational companies. Additionally, he is an ordained minister and served in the parish as well as several chaplaincy positions.
Students will have the opportunity to engage with alumni from a variety of fields during this conference. Alumni will speak on industry panels, sharing their expertise and career advice with students, and will also assist students with interview and networking skills.
At the 2017 conference, alumni will speak on the following industry panels:
Professional Development Workshops
Career professionals, recruiters, and other guests will facilitate professional development workshops, designed to equip students with skills for professional success. Workshop topics for the 2017 conference include:
Assessments are one tool to help students discover their natural strengths, interests, and affinities, and potential occupations of fit. Before the conference, students will have the opportunity to take a free assessment which is most helpful at this point in their career development and review the results with a trained professional during the conference.