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 website offers insightful articles 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.

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