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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
Veronica Reece | Pathways Associate for Vocation, Mentoring, and Careers
Derek Solheim | Director of the Pathways Center
Vocation Programs

Exploring Me Retreats

Exploring Me Retreats are vocational retreats that provide students with an opportunity to take a night away from campus and explore some of the big questions on their minds.  Not only do these retreats provide students with an opportunity to explore some of their big questions, but they also provide a chance to meet new people and spend some much needed time away from busy campus life.  Exploring Me Retreats are sponsored by the Pathways Center and Spiritual Life & Campus Ministry, and are free for students to attend and participate in. 
More Information: Veronica Reece

Orange Connection

The Orange Connection program is career mentoring program for current students.  Each spring, 15 students travel to Des Moines and 15 students travel to Chicago to connect and/or “shadow” with Wartburg alumni who have specific knowledge and experience about an occupation or career that the student is interested in.  Students are allowed to ask questions, learn about certain occupations, and network with alums in their respective areas while experiencing the everyday life of a full-time professional.  In addition to their “shadow” experience, students learn how to navigate city transportation, develop professional documents (resumes and applications), and experience some of the attractions unique to the respective cities.  This opportunity also allows current students and alumni to share their own unique Wartburg stories with one another. 
More Information: OC Website or contact Veronica Reece

Faculty Mentoring Program

Full-time faculty members that wish to be reappointed, promoted, or have their contract renewed must prepare a Professional Portfolio that documents their performance and professional goals.  Therefore, full-time faculty members have the option of having a mentor that will provide support, guidance, and feedback preparing their portfolio.  This particular program is specifically designed for faculty and participation is optional.  In addition to helping full-time faculty develop their professional documentation, a mentor in this program can also offer general support and guidance in his or her professional development and vocation as a teacher, scholar, and faculty citizen. 
More Information: Academic Affairs Office

Staff Mentoring Program

The Staff Mentoring Program is a one-on-one mentoring program designed to partner experienced staff members with new staff members in an effort to help introduce newcomers to Wartburg College and assist with their transition into their new role and the campus culture.  These relationships provide opportunities for ongoing dialogue about the institution, as well as a safe space to discuss one’s personal and professional goals.  Vocational exploration is heavily emphasized throughout this year-long program.  The Staff Mentoring Program is administered by Human Resources & Payroll and the Pathways Center. 
More Information: Veronica Reece

igKnight Mentoring Program

The igKnight Mentoring Program, formerly known as the College Achievement Program, is a peer mentoring program for Wartburg students.  igKnight focuses on the concept of mentoring (intentional one-on-one relationships that foster growth in individuals) students wherever they are in their college experience.  Although a majority of the program focuses on mentoring first-year students on college success, anyone can join the program at any point and be assigned an igKnight Mentor.  igKnight Mentors are trained to assist students with their academic, personal, and professional goals and are incredibly beneficial to students when it comes to vocational exploration.  Additionally, participants (both mentors and mentees) experience the benefits of a true mentoring relationship so that they continue being mentored and give back as a mentor themselves in the future. 
More Information: Veronica Reece

Vocation Presenters


Each fall and winter term, Human Resources & Payroll and the Pathways Center partner together to bring a speaker to campus that focuses not only on professional development topics, but also vocation.  These speakers typically offer two programs per visit—one for students and one for faculty and staff.  Presenters are different every year, but many of them have provided a thoughtful, engaging message related to individuals’ callings. 

More information: Veronica Reece