Promoting Purpose in Education & Career Development
December 11, 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Bryan Dik | Colorado State University and jobZology
Summit Stage Recording
About the Speaker
Bryan Dik PhD Professor of Psychology, Colorado State University; Cofounder and Chief Science Officer jobZology®
- Author of Make Your Job a Calling and Redeeming Work
A little about my own journey...
- As an undergrad, undecided and frustrated
- Many interests, but lacking in purpose
- Ultimately, called to investigate callings
A new science of purposeful work has emerged.
Students who perceive a purpose:
- More confident, satisfied, and experience more meaning than other students.
- Happier and experience greater meaning in life
- These "intermediate outcomes" translate into target outcomes such as performance (GPA), retention, graduation, and job search success.
The Goal: Foster a sense of purpose among students
- Fit. Help students identify their gifts (interests, values, etc.) and connect them to pathways (career paths, training programs) that fit their unique profiles.
- Integrate. Help students connect their educational and career activity with a broader sense of purpose in life.
- Connect. Help students grow and leverage social support.
Call to Action
The How: Tools and Strategies to Facilitate Purpose
- Provide valid information about gifts to guide informed decision-making (e.g., online assessment systems).
- Promote active engagement via evidence-based activities from research on career interventions (e.g., expressive writing exercises, goal-setting, accurate occupational information)
- Build support (e.g., "personal board of directors").
The Future: Purposeful Engagement in a Changing World of Work
- Change is a given
- Purpose transcends job titles and provides coherence, motivation, and meaning