Intentionality – A Trait to Obtain

6 Jan

intentional“I don’t know what I want to do after I graduate.”

“A Career?  I can’t think about that right now.  I’m too busy with school.”

“When I’m ready to find a job, God will lead me to it.”

Sound familiar?  Maybe this is you speaking.  When a person decides to enter college, they have dreams of what they want to do when they graduate; however, sometime after the first day of school, when all the activities that are part of the collegiate experience start to become a daily routine, that dream seems to become a distant memory for a lot of students.  In a sense, what they intended to become in life becomes unintentional in the practice of how to get there.

Intentionality is a trait that gets things done, and it is something all students can obtain.  Biblically, God intended the world to come into existence and it was so.  He intended men and women to be saved from their sins, and be reconciled back to God, so He intentionally sent His Son, Jesus, to live a sinless life, die on the cross for our sins, and rise again so that man could have eternal life with God.  Jesus intentionally lived this sinless life and intentionally went to the cross to die so that the Father’s plan of salvation would be done.  He now intentionally seeks out mankind to have an everlasting relationship, and He intentionally does this seeking through His children, who are all those who believe on Him and share Him with others.  All this was done and is being done with intentionality regardless of what the world says, what the economies are doing, nor any other circumstance that normally derails the plans of humans.

It all starts with an intentional plan and a perseverance to stick to that plan.  As a Liberty talent, you too have the ability to have this trait, whether you are just starting school, in the middle of your academic studies, graduating, or doing a career change.  It all starts with a dream, and then the intentionality should begin.  Here are some steps that will help you with being intentional about your career:

1.  Assess your strengths and weaknesses.  Weaknesses do not mean that you can’t do what you want to do; it just means you have some hurdles to jump over to overcome these weaknesses.  Remember, God uses us through our strengths, and He works through us in our weaknesses.  A Focus 2 Assessment can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and it is free to Liberty University students.

2.  Visit with a Career Counselor to review your assessment and discuss career goals and objectives.  Residential students can meet in person and online students can meet via the phone.  Make an appointment today!

3.  Create a Career Plan, with all the criteria that you will need to be successful in a desired position.  These criteria include:

  • Required degree(s).  This includes an academic plan that will result in the best possible grades.  Fast is good if a person can do it well; however, intentionality also means quality.  If it takes longer to obtain your goal and do it with excellence – make that part of your plan.  A Career Counselor can help here.
  • Certifications.  What is the industry looking for in a qualified candidate? What proprietary, state or federal certifications will be needed to be considered for a position?  This means that you need to research your position, industry and the companies in the industry.
  • Experience.  This is actually working in your field of study.  Internships are a great way to acquire this experience.  You can find internships and full time positions with companies all over the country in LUNETWORK, Liberty’s exclusive employer relations and jobs database.  Thousands of employers purposefully register on LUNETWORK in search of Liberty talent.  Create a profile today and start you search.  Contact the Career Center to see how you can use LUNETWORK effectively.
  • Network.  Keep this in mind – it is NOT “who you know”, it is “who knows you.”  The only way for people to get to know you is for you to get out and meet them.  Liberty has major-specific career fairs each semester.  RSVP and join us if you can, but most certainly review the companies that intend on coming.  Networking opportunities happen all the time, in every geographical location.  Find out what organizations are prevalent in your field of study and JOIN THEM.
  • Cover Letters, Resumes, and Interviews.  Cover Letters and Resumes are the first documentation that an employer sees from a candidate.  First impressions can either make or break you.  Resumes have to be intentional as well; they need to “speak” to the job description as to how you qualify.  Have your Cover Letter and Resume reviewed by a Career Counselor.  Next is the interview.  Interviews need to be intentional.  It is always best for a candidate to be very knowledgeable about the company, the position, what you would do in this position.  You can only do this by research.  Once that research is completed, then you need to practice in talking to someone about the position – an interview.  Practice makes perfect, and the Career Center can perform a mock interview so that you are well prepared when you meet with the employer.

God has set a wonderful example for all of us about being intentional.  Get serious about your career and be intentional in the pursuit of it.  The Career Center can help you accomplish this.

Richard Glass – Career Center Director

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