Vocational Reflection Questions

Who am I? What is my purpose? What do I want to be known for?  What are my passions and gifts?

For many decades, the sound learning of our liberal arts education has challenged our men to reflect upon fundamental questions such as the ones above, as well as "What does it mean for me to be a good man?", and "What should my life as a good citizen look like?". At the core of the vocational reflection process, we have established a set of key questions that we want our young men to reflect on and then act upon during their years at Hampden-Sydney.

We welcome you to take a look at and ponder the questions. They vary in degree, some are easier to answer than others, and consist of big and small questions. Career Education encourages students to schedule an appointment with us early in their academic career to begin the vocational reflection process. We also encourage advisors, faculty, and staff to blend the idea of vocational reflection into conversations and activities on campus.

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The 'big' questions:

  1. Why am I in college?
  2. What are my passions, talents, gifts?
  3. What do others need from me?
  4. What do I want to be known for?
  5. What does it mean to be a good man and how do I become one?
  6. What do I believe?
  7. How will I know my life's purpose and calling?
  8. How do I take full advantage of my H-SC education to become a "good man and a good citizen"?

Vocational reflection questions list