The Piper Center for Vocation and Career supports students in a variety of ways, including helping to identify values, interests, skills and abilities, and understanding how these relate to vocational discernment and professional life. In addition to your faculty advisor, mentors, and parents, Piper Center staff and resources can be used throughout your time at St. Olaf, particularly as you work through deciding on a major and as you begin to formulate ideas and goals for your future.
Focus on First Years: January 2015, date TBD
To aid in these discernment processes, the Piper Center facilitates Focus on First Years, a program about the college experience, specifically designed for the first-year student. Every student’s experience is different, but to get the most out of your time on The Hill, it is important to be purposeful. Focus on First Years helps you to think purposefully about: Intentionality and Reflection, Vocation and Valuing Relationships. To support the conversation, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) assessment tool is introduced and explained. This assessment is a personality type inventory that promotes awareness of self and others. It’s a widely used, nonjudgmental tool to help students gain an understanding of four natural preferences in how people gain energy, gather information, make decisions, and approach life. Although you are always the best judge of your true personality, the MBTI can be a significant foundation for your discernment process.
The Piper Center provides a variety of experiences and resources for self-discovery, including the MBTI, designed to help you leverage your liberal arts education to achieve your full potential.
Finding a good fit for your vocational path means finding the intersection of your:
experience, values, personality, interests, and skills
All incoming students will complete the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory by August 15th and receive an interpretation and personalized MBTI profile during the January Focus on First Years event for the class of 2018 .