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Vocabulary of Calling: Defining and Analyzing the Concept of Calling at Southern Adventist University

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The concept of finding meaning in one’s career path has been conveyed through the idea that work is a personal calling (Dik & Duffy, 2009). The majority of definitions of calling in the current literature include the idea that work as a calling brings a unique meaning and purpose to work (Dik & Duffy, 2009; Dik & Shimizu, 2019). Interest in defining and promoting calling has partly emerged from increased importance among college students to derive a sense of purpose from their work (Gallup, 2021). In response to this, many colleges and universities have launched initiatives to promote a deeper understanding of vocation among students through the concept of work as a calling (The Council of Independent Colleges., n.d.). Faith based institutions in particular have a unique interest in the topic of calling because their goal is often to help students relate vocational calling to the overarching idea of God’s calling for their lives as a whole (Phillips, 2011). The purpose of our study was to add to the literature by surveying how students at a faith-based university conceptualize calling, and to analyze whether they have a unique understanding of the concept.

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Vocabulary of Calling: Defining and Analyzing the Concept of Calling at Southern Adventist University

The concept of finding meaning in one’s career path has been conveyed through the idea that work is a personal calling (Dik & Duffy, 2009). The majority of definitions of calling in the current literature include the idea that work as a calling brings a unique meaning and purpose to work (Dik & Duffy, 2009; Dik & Shimizu, 2019). Interest in defining and promoting calling has partly emerged from increased importance among college students to derive a sense of purpose from their work (Gallup, 2021). In response to this, many colleges and universities have launched initiatives to promote a deeper understanding of vocation among students through the concept of work as a calling (The Council of Independent Colleges., n.d.). Faith based institutions in particular have a unique interest in the topic of calling because their goal is often to help students relate vocational calling to the overarching idea of God’s calling for their lives as a whole (Phillips, 2011). The purpose of our study was to add to the literature by surveying how students at a faith-based university conceptualize calling, and to analyze whether they have a unique understanding of the concept.