College students' conceptions of vocation and the role of the higher education mentoring community

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Education | Higher Education | Higher Education and Teaching | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education


One way in which spirituality can be expressed is through its influence on and integration with career choice. Recently, the relationship between spirituality and occupation has been promoted through the Lilly Endowment's Theological Exploration of Vocation Programs. As Parks (2000) and Fowler (2000) describe, the mentoring community can play a large role in the developmental process of students' faith and the identification of their vocation. Acknowledging the importance of mentoring, St. John's University has chosen to focus its Vocation Project initiative on programming aimed at educating faculty and administrative and support staff on the concept of vocation and how they may be able to facilitate the spiritual development and vocational discernment of their students.