Phase 2: Exploring Your Vocation


  • Connect with Community
  • Expand Your Knowledge
  • Commit to Faith, Justice, and Service
  • Create Your Future
  • Engage in Chicago and the World
  • Find Your Calling
  • Lead with Values
  • Reflection


  • Refine strong habits.
    • After experiencing your first few classes at Loyola, refine your academic strategies, particularly your writing and time management skills, to perfect the habits necessary to engage in challenging intellectual work.
  • State your values.
    • Articulate personal values and discern how they shape your personal, academic, and professional goals and decisions.
    • Use what you have learned in CPST 201 to explore your vocation on a deeper level.
  • Reflect on what you have learned.
    • Continue to integrate your learning through reflections on your Loyola Experience.
    • Prepare to advance in your career by leveraging Career Center resources and attending networking functions.
    • Build your professional portfolio with projects and papers you have completed as coursework.
    • Evaluate your career goals, and determine ways to push yourself professionally. Consider expanding workplace projects, exploring an internship in your target profession, or job shadowing to explore potential professional opportunities.
  • Build your relationships.
    • Continue to develop your connections with faculty, staff, and other members of the Loyola community. These relationships can provide value insight as you work to expand and refine your personal vocation.
  • Find time for faith.
    • Deepen the understanding of your own faith and learn about other religions, cultures, and world views through the Core curriculum and classes for your major.
  • Connect with Community.
    • Model ways to build a social and support network with fellow adult students who are completing their degrees with you. Consider applying to be an SCPS Student Ambassador.
    • Connect with instructors, classmates, and colleagues via your LinkedIn profile.
    • Make contacts beyond Loyola University Chicago by engaging with professional communities within your chosen vocations and interests.
  • Grow as a leader.
    • Take on a leadership role in something you feel strongly about, such as a community cause or something at your current place of work.


  • Complete CPST 201: Professional Identity Development. 
  • Continue to make progress toward the 120 credits needed to graduate, remembering that the residency requirement at Loyola is 45 credit hours.
  • Complete your FAFSA in January each year and apply for SCPS scholarships.
  • Review and update your graduation plan with your academic advisor.
  • Create plans for internships, job shadowing, informational interviews, and research with faculty.
  • Update your resume and launch your required portfolio.

Reflection Questions

  • How are you integrating knowledge gained from the Core, your major, and experiences, both personally and professionally, engaging the world as a classroom?
  • How have you grown intellectually, socially, and spiritually since you decided to take the step of becoming an adult student at Loyola?
  • How do you hope to grow as you move closer toward graduation?
Phase 3
Phase 1