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Vocational Discernment at MTSO

Listen to your life.

Welcome to MTSO’s Office of Vocational Discernment and Community Engagement. We are here to walk with you, learn with you and help you to thrive. We encourage you to be open to what your seminary education brings your way.

Kathy Dickson, director of vocational discernment and community engagementVisit the office for:

  • A conversation partner in your discernment process.
  • Resources to help you live into and embrace your vocation.
  • Consultations on tools along the way, such as resume, CV and cover letter building, interview assistance, professional development suggestions, and building an e-portfolio.
  • Connection to a wider network.
  • Self-assessments to help identify and reaffirm your gifts and strengths.

Resources for students

Resources for alumni

Resources for employers

About this office

Director Katherine Dickson discusses vocational discernment, how it differs from placement, and the services her office offers to both students and alumni.

Vocational discernment events 2013-14

Fall Semester

U.S. Navy chaplain recruiter visit
Schooler Atrium
Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
U.S. Air Force chaplain recruiter visit
Schooler Atrium
Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Desert Southwest Conference DS visit
Schooler Atrium
Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Alumni Day presentation
Oct. 7, 1:15 p.m.
Professional Development Training:
Social Media
Oct. 8, 12:30 p.m.
Elkhorn Valley District,
Nebraska Annual Conference
District superintendent visit
Schooler Atrium, G-151
Oct. 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Clinical Pastoral Education Day, Coffee Shop conversations
Coffee Shop
Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-noon
Clinical Pastoral Education Day, lunch
Cafe at Dunn Dining Hall
Oct. 22, noon-1 p.m.
Vocational Discernment Open House Oct. 22, 3-4:30 p.m.
Vocational Discernment Open House Oct. 23, 10 a.m.-noon
West Ohio Annual Conference
New church starts lunch meeting
Dunn Dining Hall
Oct. 29, noon-1 p.m.
Williamsport District
Susquehanna Conference, UMC
District superintendent visit
Schooler Atrium
Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
West Ohio DS visit Nov. 6
Professional Development, Resume
and CV Workshop
Nov. 13, 11:30 a.m.
Niagara Frontier District
Upper New York Annual Conference
Schooler Atrium
Nov. 13, 2-5 p.m.
East Ohio Conference visit Dec. 3, 10-11 a.m. in Schooler Atrium; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. by appointment

Spring Semester

Shawnee Valley district superintendent visit Feb. 25
Professional Development Training: Resumes, CVs and Portfolios
March 4, 4:30-5
Professional Development Training: Strengths Assessment (RSVP required)
March 11, 11:30-12:30 and 5-6
Professional Development Training: LinkedIn
March 18, 11:30-noon
Vocational Discernment Panel for M.Div./MTS, non-traditional ministry (RSVP required for lunch)
March 19, 11:30-12:30
Vocational Discernment Panel (MACM/M.Div.) April
Professional Development Panel for Clergy April

Contact us

Office of Vocational Discernment
and Community Engagement

Katherine Dickson, director
Werner Hall Room 122
Office hours vary; please make an appointment