The CVC is now open!

Come and see us in Nikander 15 or email CVC@Finlandia.edu to request an appointment.

Drop-ins welcome 9:30am-4:00pm M-F

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Our mission: to accompany the whole student toward a whole life

The Seaton Center for Vocation & Career gives students a space to cultivate their identity and aspirations from a place of strength and self-acceptance

Vocation & Career

Developing your sense of vocation can help you decide which career paths you want to explore. Conversely, your experiences at a job or during a course of study can help you clarify your sense of vocation. 

The CVC helps students integrate the concepts of Vocation and Career into a holistic understanding of the possibilities within themselves and in the wider world. 

Finlandia students can work one-on-one with our Director of Vocation and Director of Career Services to explore their vocational identity and chart a path toward their life and career goals. 

Examine Your Strengths

Finlandia is proud to be the only university in the country where all students complete the CliftonStrengths Assessment and meet with a Gallup certified Strengths Coach. This foundational work of examining your strengths allows our staff to develop an individualized, strengths-based approach to vocational discovery and career counseling.

When I met with Dr. Johnson, I was surprised by how she was able to explain how these strengths are connected and how I can use them in the world; it really inspired me to be the best I can be. This assessment was fun to take because it allowed me to confirm who I thought I was.        – Austin Keranen

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Explore Your Possibilites

CVC staff are here to help you explore the full range of possibilities for academic, co-curricular, and fieldwork opportunities at Finlandia. With the help of the CVC staff you will plot a course for your time at Finlandia that prepares you to enter the world of work or further education, equipped with a strong sense of vocation, applicable skills, and the ability to articulate your talents.

Expand Your Horizons

Whether it’s an internship in a new professional environment, a semester studying in Europe, or time spent volunteering in the community, we learn the most about ourselves when we venture beyond our comfort zones. Such experiences will not only expand your horizons, but will inform your vocational and career identity for years to come. 

Visit the CVC to learn more about internships, study abroad opportunities, and other ways to engage with local and global communities.


Business Networking Students

Express Your Worth

The CVC is here to help you put your best foot forward. You can work one-on-one with CVC staff to identify your vocation and chart a pathway toward a rewarding career. We also offer workshops and events that will help you hone your skills, enlarge your networks, and express your worth. 

Learn more about the Career Services we offer to help you search for great jobs, explore graduate programs, create strong applications, practice interviews, and more.

After taking the strengths test, I finally feel confident about who I am as a person and what I’m bringing to the world. She showed me that I mean more to the world than what I thought I meant to the world, and I didn’t really understand what my purpose of life was. It makes me more confident in who I am and that I can be more straightforward about myself, by knowing more of my strengths and less of the weaknesses, it will help me find myself more. I know I still have a lot of learning and exploring to do, but this is just one of the many steps of finding who I truly am.

Jordan Pertile, Nursing Major

I have appreciated seeing my strengths themes and learning what they mean to me. Like Rene said, I am that old soul rebel with a tender heart. I see differently from my peers. I stay true to my values and beliefs no matter what is popular. I am stubborn and will refuse to give up on what others might. I have a passion to help others and don't put differences in the way. My strengths will help me throughout college for I see ahead and I see why it is important for me to work hard and finish. I realized the importance of seeing what my themes are. So, I can continue to grow my strengths that I may best be able to make a difference in the lives of others.

Jari Juntti, Nursing Major



The concept of vocation may be new to some, but at Finlandia it is a core commitment rooted in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) values. Vocation is derived from the Latin word vocare – to call.  As such, vocation can be understood as a summons to a life where one’s personhood is bound up in the larger purposes of God to love the neighbor for the healing of the world. It is the understanding that each individual has a particular giftedness to contribute to the common good. Vocational identity informs one’s whole way of life – not just the work for which one is paid. 

A strong sense of vocation equips individuals to express their personhood thoughtfully and find fulfillment both personally and professionally. The CVC provides opportunities for vocational reflection where students can wrestle with questions of meaning and purpose.  Such reflection, accomplished through assessment tools, readings, seminars, and individual and group counseling, helps students consider whether their studies or professional aspirations align with their personhood, inspiring them to be attentive to the needs of the world with their unique gifts and contributions. 

Vocational identity informs one’s whole way of life – not just the work for which one is paid – and is never a matter of the solitary individual, but a matter of intentional interdependence.”

– Dr. René Johnson

Career Services

At the CVC, we believe that when students are equipped to articulate their strengths and identify their place in the world, they are better positioned to realize both career and life satisfaction along their chosen path. 

The CVC is here to help you develop the practical tools you will need to access jobs and experiences that fuel your curiosity and tap into your unique talents.  

Explore Career Options

CVC staff are here to offer support as you explore your career interests. We can help you:

  • Identify your individual communication style and work preferences
  • Develop a job search strategy
  • Research potential employers
  • Interpret job postings

Attend Events & Workshops

The CVC organizes occasional events and regular workshops as opportunities for students to explore career and graduate school options, build networking skills, and practice professional communication and conduct. These events are often held in collaboration with other campus departments and include:

  • Career fairs 
  • Graduate school fairs 
  • Networking events to meet and make connections with professionals and employers
  • Etiquette events to practice professional conduct in a business setting
  • Retreats to dive deeper into topics such as vocational exploration and confidence building
  • Workshops that explore topics related to vocation and career such as examining one’s personal narrative and understanding employee rights

Prepare Strong Applications

CVC staff are available to work with you one-on-one to develop professional job applications and work through any barriers that might undermine your confidence. The CVC is here to help you:

  • Create and polish flawless resumes and cover letters
  • Develop confidence in your interviewing skills
  • Identify references and respectfully request their support
  • Practice professional communication skills 

CVC staff are also available to help you prepare applications and practice interviewing for opportunities beyond traditional employment, including internships, study abroad programs, graduate school, volunteer positions, and more.

Engage with Alumni

Through the CVC you can connect with Finlandia alumni to broaden your professional and educational networks, learn more about the value of a Finlandia degree, understand how to leverage your education in various fields, and forge relationships that can lead to internship, mentorship or employment opportunities. 

Explore Additional Opportunities

CVC staff keep track of opportunities on campus and in the community. Visit us to learn more about:

  • Available and upcoming internships
  • Study abroad programs and application deadlines
  • Graduate school programs and application requirements
  • Community service and volunteering opportunities


Jobs & Opportunities

 Click on the headings below to learn more about current job openings and other opportunities. For more information or to get help with an application, email CVC@finlandia.edu to request an appointment!



CVC In the News

CVC: Jobs & Internship Opportunities 2/24/2021

February 24, 2021

New opportunities

Click on the headings below to learn more about current job openings and other opportunities. For more information or to get help with an application, email CVC@finlandia.edu to request an appointment!


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Financial Aid, Football and more make the move to Nikander and Mannerheim Halls

February 23, 2021

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The Seaton Center for Vocation & Career is officially open

February 19, 2021

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Faculty and Staff

Emma Dorst

Director of Career Services


Rene Johnson

Assistant Professor, Religion and Philosophy; and Director, Servant Leadership

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