Life Purpose & Vocation

The Office of Career Development is committed to helping its students and alumni to find where their deep gladness intersects with the world’s deep needs. At PBA, we believe career development is a lifelong process of self-exploration and awareness. Most students will undergo several career changes throughout their lives, and therefore it is essential that they are empowered and equipped with the understanding of how to make career decisions, not just help them "plug in" to a specific job/field where they'll stay for life.

We partner with students to assist them in the development of vocational discernment and practical job search skills, which they can use for a lifetime.


We offer a number of resources to help them answer common questions such as:

  • What am I good at?
  • What am I passionate about?
  • Why do I matter?
  • What am I going to do with my life?
  • How will I impact the world for good?

iStartStrong assessment

We encourage students to LEAP into their life purpose by intentionally Learning, Exploring, Acting, and Praying. Most freshmen take the iStartStrong assessment in their First Year Experience class to Learn about occupations which are a good match for them based upon their interests. Throughout their years at PBA, we encourage students to Explore career options through Workship, job shadowing and informational interviewing. Students are able to Act on their life purpose by applying their skills and abilities to related career fields through leadership roles, career mentoring and internships. It is not uncommon to see us Pray in our offices with students as they make these important decisions regarding their purpose and vocation.

Career Development offers a number of assessments to assist students in identifying their motivated skills, values, abilities, interests, and how their unique personality influences their career choices.

This graphic provides an overview of what students can do each year of college as an active participant in the career development process. 

The career development process throughout all four years of college.