Tim Clydesdale talks about how we can all better support our students in navigating college and beyond by talking about vocation.
Guest: Tim Clydesdale
Professor of Sociology, The College of New Jersey
Author, The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students about Vocation*.
Tim received his B.A. from Wheaton College (IL), and his M.A. & Ph.D. from Princeton University. From 1994-1996, he was assistant professor of sociology at Gordon College (MA), and since 1996, has been a sociology professor at The College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ). He is the author of The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students about Vocation* and The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens after High School*. More
[Vocation] is about the type of life you want to lead and the type of person you want to be.
It may be that the broader sense of who you are isn’t being fully expressed in your work but it’s being expressed in many other places: in your volunteer work, or your care for a family member.
Vocation is a much better way to talk to students [than career] because it captures much more of the breadth of life as it’s really lived.
What are some of the mistakes universities make when attempting to develop effective programs to facilitate more conversation about vocation?
- Design a program that wasn’t organic to the campus
- Hiring people who didn’t have a high emotional intelligence
- Keep a list of ideas for each class you have been scheduled to teach.
- Good food helps with conversation. Use a slow cooker (Crock-Pot) with a manual switch. This allows you to cook but also be engaged in conversation.
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