The Center for Career & Calling

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. -Frederick Buechner

Discover. Explore. Experience. Succeed.

Welcome to the Center for Career & Calling. We support Bluefield students during their enrollment and after graduation by providing a range of services related to student success and career counseling. Whether you are an underclassman searching for your purpose or passion in life or alumni seeking a new career opportunity, we are here to support you.

Self-Discovery & Exploration

The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why. -Mark Twain

We help students discover their why. We want to help you discover your passion and then figure out how to craft your future and career based on your passion. There are several ways we can help.

Assessments We get it. Most of us don’t love taking tests, but assessments can provide insight into common themes, interests, and skillsets to guide you in uncovering your passion. We offer four types of assessments that serve as tools for self-discovery. Most of these assessments can be taken without charge.

Researching majors – After taking an assessment, most students focus on 1-3 majors they believe can help them tap into their passion and enjoy a fulfilling career. We encourage students to schedule an appointment with a career advisor to discuss the possibilities. You can also choose a self-directed exploration of potential careers by using the resources listed below.

Recommended Career Exploration Resources

Vault: This excellent resource offers downloadable career guides, employer profiles and rankings, discussion boards, industry blogs, and news covering the latest trends and issues, diversity, green programs, and leadership development profiles. Vault also includes a job board, which matches employers and recruiters with top talent.

Glassdoor: This online job portal gives you an inside look at jobs, salaries, company reviews, and interview questions in a wide variety of fields.

CareerBliss: Millions of options are available with this cultural job search engine.

America’s Career Infonet: This site is part of the U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Career Kit.

Career Voyages: A website from the Department of Labor about high-growth jobs.

ChristianJobs: This is the premier job search website for Christian employment at ministry organizations, nonprofits, and businesses.

ChurchStaffing: This is the largest online job search website for church jobs, pastor jobs, and ministry jobs.

DiversityJobs Street Smart: Minority employees share valuable lessons about what they don’t teach in school.

JustJobs Academy: This job search engine also offers insight that can send you to the top of an employer’s shortlist.

Occupational Information Network (O*Net): Includes a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics.

One Day One Job: Highlights one company each day and discusses its entry-level job offerings. The posts are editorial and give students a starting point to begin researching a company.

What Can I Do With This Major?: Helpful website that provides general areas, employers, information, and strategies related to specific career fields.

Experience & Application

I was going to say do what you love, but that’s not really it. When I think about it, the happiest and most successful people I know don’t just love what they do, they’re obsessed with solving something that matters to them.”  -Drew Houston

Once you find the area you are passionate about, we can help you gain experience to be ready for employment opportunities.

Students are encouraged to make a career advising appointment for assistance in a variety of areas:

  • Discussions about internships
  • Opportunities for networking
  • Available mentorships
  • Resume and cover letter assistance
  • Help with applications for graduate school
  • Assistance in writing your curriculum vitae
  • Information on how to conduct a job search
  • Assistance with mock interviews

If you’re ready to begin the discovery process or you need a little help with applications, we invite you to contact us at the Center for Career & Calling by email or phone.

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231