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Calling and Career Counseling With College Students: Finding Meaning in Work and Life


  • The author thanks Ryan Duffy and Jaime Jasser for their helpful comments on earlier versions of this article.

concerning this article should be addressed to Christopher M. Adams, Department of Behavioral Sciences, Fitchburg State University, 160 Pearl Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697 (e-mail:


College is often a period when students try to find purpose and meaning in their lives. As a result, counselors may need to help students understand their callings and how to meet these through school, work, and other life roles. This article introduces the concept of calling and reviews relevant research, offers suggestions for integrating it into career counseling with college students, and provides a case example.

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