Vocational Discernment Retreats

Vocational Discernment Retreat

VDR Participants, Fall 2014.

Vocational Discernment is all about understanding who you are and using that information to make life choices that are a good fit. It's all about creating your best lifestyle.

These retreats are for students interested in knowing their authentic selves, creating a vision for their future, and reflecting on their life purpose and passions.

Vocational Discernment Retreats give you time to reflect on your values, your strengths, your future, and next steps you can take in your life-path. You will leave with a clearer sense of self, a community of students seeking similar understanding, and a variety of reflection activities/tools to help you build and continue to live an authentic life. Please note: the retreat is focused on the process of self-discovery and the fulfillment of one’s authentic self and does not focus on specific careers or the nuts and bolts of getting a job.

Transportation, food, lodging, and supplies are all provided. Attendance is open to all class years; participants must be current Willamette students. For more information, contact Vocational Discernment in Career Services on UC3 or at career-services@willamette.edu.

Sponsored by the Career Center, funded by the Lilly Project.

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Quotes from Participants
  • "I have more balance and direction and a sense of self. I also found and befriended awesome people, and had time to take care of myself." [Spring 2015]
  • "Through various reflection tools, I got a clearer sense of my core strengths and values. I learned that not everyone will be 100% happy with what they are doing, but the career with more of my core values will make me happier." [Fall 2014]
  • "I now know why I choose to certain activities and why I sometimes do not feel like myself when I do not follow my values." [Spring 2015]
  • "I feel more relaxed and mentally calm.  The distance from WU helped me escape the reminders that cause anxiety." [Fall 2015]