The lowest level of vocational fit is when a person sees his or her work as just a job. A level one job may provide a paycheck but little sense of enjoyment or satisfaction. Level two is okay work that is of some interest. Level three is enjoyable work that may be satisfying for many years. Once people have achieved competency in this situation, however, they may experience a need for something more meaningful.

Level four is meaningful work, in which people feel they are contributing to a significant purpose or giving something back. People at this level usually are in work that is a good fit for their skills, but frequently they are most motivated by the mission of the organization. Level five, the highest level of vocational fit, is vocational integration. At the highest level of vocational fit, a person's work is an expression of who he or she is. People who have achieved vocational integration in the work world seem to earn their living simply by "being themselves." Their unique design is clearly visible in what they do; their personal identity is merged with their work identity. They feel that they are doing the type of work they were meant to do.

The good news is, as a Christian you can live your primary calling regardless of your work situation. You are called and can live that calling each and every day. And, as you move higher up the levels of vocational fit you will increasingly experience the joy of being God's partner in doing His work on earth.


Adapted from Live Your Calling: A Practical Guide to Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission in Life. Copyright 2005 by Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck. Used by permission of Jossey-Bass, a Wiley imprint.

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