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Vocation at Wartburg College


Vocation lives in the heart of a Wartburg education.  Helping individuals discover who they are and why they are here is essential to our mission.  At Wartburg, we believe each and every human being has a set of gifts that are distinctive to the individual and the needs of the the world.  Therefore we are dedicated to helping individuals discover and claim their own unique vocation(s) or calling(s).  

The pursuit of discovering and claiming one’s calling does not occur overnight.  In fact, vocational exploration and discernment takes a great deal of time and effort.  To discover one’s calling, individuals have to reflect on who they are and what they were created for.  The answers to these big questions can be uncovered by reflecting on the individual’s values, passions, skills, gifts, interests, and a variety of other factors that may point them in the direction of their vocation(s). Use this site to help you learn more about yourself and how you can serve the world.

Office Staff
TJ Warren | Pathways Associate for Vocation and Mentoring
Derek Solheim | Director of the Pathways Center
Vocation Movies
Movies can be an excellent source for vocational reflection and understanding. Examples and stories of others often times ignite a question or spark an idea within ourselves that allows us to consider who we really are and what we are called to do. The button below provides a list of movies and their summaries that show great examples of one pursuing their calling.  We recommend watching one or more of these films to witness a journey of vocational exploration.  The pursuit of one's calling is definitely challenging, but its well worth it.  Most of these films can be found in the Vogel Library or at a local video rental store.


Vocation Books

There are a lot of great books out there on the topic of vocation.  Some take you deep into the theological exploration of vocation, while others scratch the surface level of vocation asking questions about who you are and what you want to do with your life.  The button below provides a list of books and their summaries we have found to be excellent resources on vocation.  We recommend using these texts to learn more about what vocation is and how one can explore, and help others explore, their own individual calling(s).  Many of these texts are available in the Pathways Center and/or the Vogel Library.

Research, Articles, & Websites

Vocation has become a popular topic amongst a variety of professions recently.  In fact, there have been a number of articles and studies that have been written and conducted on finding purpose and pursuing one's calling.  The emphasis of these articles and studies range from the necessity of finding greater meaning in one's everyday career to understanding one's own spiritual call.  In addition to these articles and studies, websites are appearing as well.  The button below provides access to research, articles, and websites that highlight vocation and the importance of finding the authentic self.