Our goal at Houghton College is to prepare our students to live vocationally fulfilled lives. That means that we believe God meant us for more than just a career. With so many individual strengths, gifts, and abilities we want our students to find purposeful channels to explore each of these individual traits through assessment and reflection. Once discovered, we begin to apply them to different areas of life; career, service, hobbies, family and relationships, etc.

College should not be about limiting ourselves to one field, one career, one choice. Exploration of how to use all our gifts and strengths in different areas of our lives for the glory of God is true vocational fulfillment.

We believe the key components to discovering our vocation and fulfilled living are self-assessment, reflection, and Godly mentorship. We are confident in our ability as a college to provide abundant space and resources for all three components.

VOCA Counselors Help Students Discern Their Unique Calling By:

  • Engaging in ongoing conversations about vocation
  • Encourage self-assessment for finding fulfillment in life
  • Identify how unique strenghts, talents, and abilities meet community and world needs
  • Provide knowledge, tools, and questions to explore and understand vocation
  • Explain the vocation goes beyond a major and a career
  • Cultivate curiosity regarding life’s possibilites

At Houghton College – we walk alongside our students as they explore meaning and purpose in their lives. We believe, career, professional, and spiritual development are all intertwined. We ask deep questions to help students discern their vocation and find a purpose where “what they do” becomes intimately connected with “who they are.”

“Today I understand vocation quite differently – not as a goal to be achieved but as a gift to be received. Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already possess. Vocation does not come from a voice “out there” calling me to become something I am not. It comes from a voice “in here” calling me to be the person I was born to be, to fulfill the original selfhood given me at birth by God.”

From “Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the voice of vocation” by Parker Palmer (p. 10-11)