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This teleforum was recorded March 1, 2017.
Length: 35 minutes

Sarah Visser and TaRita Johnson
Introduction and Q&A
Sarah Visser, vice president for student life; and TaRita Johnson, director of career center; present the Calvin LifeWork program.

FAQ sections

General program questions

  • When does the Calvin LifeWork program begin?
    The program began in the fall 2017 for first year, full-time students.
  • Is the program required in order to graduate from Calvin?
    No, this is an optional, co-curricular program and has no ties to graduation.
  • Is there a limit on the number of students who can participate? Is there a cost to participate?
    There is not a limit to the number of students, and there is no extra cost to participating in this program.
  • How is this program different from career counseling/advising?
    Calvin LifeWork is a prescribed program designed and packaged in yearly segments. While several of the program's training modules are available on an ad hoc basis within the Career Center, Calvin LifeWork is more comprehensive, featuring additional training in leadership and personal finance. A $3,000 scholarship is available in the fourth year for those students who complete the required modules in years one through three.
  • How/when do I get in the program?
    You will be provided with multiple opportunities to enroll in the program before it officially kicks off early in the fall semester of your first year. Incoming students were asked to express interest in Calvin LifeWork on the Applicant Status page. If you did so by checking YES or MAYBE, you are automatically enrolled; you'll just need to confirm your enrollment during the month of September by accepting student agreement terms between September 1 and November 1. Those who still want to enroll can let the Career Center know by emailing
  • I'm already a student at Calvin. Can I join Calvin LifeWork?
    Current students are not eligible for the scholarship incentive but will be able to participate in all of the in-person trainings.
  • What is jobZology and what role does it play in Calvin LifeWork?
    Calvin’s Career Center uses jobZology, a career-related assessment developed by vocational psychologists, to help students explore career paths that will be satisfying based on the student’s interests, values, personality and workplace preferences. The assessment links students to careers and job openings that fit their profile as well as predicted outlooks for each field. All students in Calvin LifeWork will complete jobZology near the beginning of the program. This assessment can guide students as they select their major, make career plans and develop their sense of call.
  • How does a student get an internship through Calvin LifeWork?
    Calvin’s Career Center has hundreds of internship postings listed through Handshake, and career coaches help students pursue internships that interest them all over the globe. Internships provide a great way for students to test out career options. As long as the student completes one internship or research project, this requirement of the program is satisfied.

Related to majors

Commitment of time


Program eligibility

Miscellaneous questions

Feel free to contact the Career Center if you have other questions or need more clarification.