Vocational services is about so much more than job placement. In the Office of Student Affairs and Community Life, we believe that your journey to placement begins the first day you set foot on campus.

Columbia's vocational services program encourages students to dig deep to discern their call and identity, act on their growing understandings of self and call, and reflect on their action to cultivate a lifelong practice of discernment. Explore below for discernment and placement resources.



Discernment is an ongoing practice for faithful Christian disciples and faith communities.  Just beginning your discernment journey? Explore the resources below.

If you find additional resources that have spoken to you, please share them with us at StudentLife@ctsnet.edu


  • Healing the Purpose of Your Life by Dennis Linn, Matthew Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn, Francisco Miranda
  • Practicing Discernment Together: Finding God’s Way Forward in Decision Making, by Lon Fendall, Jan Wood, Bruce Bishop
  • Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life by Dennis Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn, Matthew Linn
  • The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making, by Elizabeth Liebert


online resources:

Can't find what you're looking for here? Need a career consultation? Resume review? Click below to schedule a consultation with Rev. Katie Ricks, Associate Director of Vocation and Spiritual Formation.

Placement is the process of connecting our students and graduates with congregations and organizations who are seeking the gifts, skills, and passions of those who leave Columbia eager to serve God and God's people in the world.  Job seekers will find postings for open positions, as well as practical resources for engaging in a job search.  Job providers will find information about conducting on-campus interviews, posting an open position, and details about upcoming and recent graduates.