Arts and Sciences Career Services | THE ART OF MEANINGFUL WORK
Q377 | ALL | Hanvey D, Kreitl B


The Art of Meaningful Work
Course Description

In the 20th century, the illustrious psychologist and concentration
camp survivor Viktor Frankl wrote: "The truth is that as the struggle
for survival has subsided, the question has emerged – survival for
what? Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to
live for." Now, in the rapidly changing world of the 21st century and
contemporary issues of economic, social, and environmental concern,
most of us would like to find meaning in our work, and the sense that
there is a deeper purpose to our lives. Each of us wants to serve the
world in our own unique way, and yet it is easy to lose touch, or
never really become clear about, what this might mean for us. In this
course we will examine the idea that each of us has a “calling” or
unique gift to bring into the world. We will ask questions such as,
What kind of world do I want to live in? What are the personal gifts
that I can bring into my work, and to others? What moves me to want to
act? Through experiential and self-reflective individual and group
exercises from a variety of perspectives, you will be challenged to
deeply explore personal issues of meaning, spirituality, authenticity,
purpose, creativity and service. The discussion component of this
class will be emphasized, and you will be asked to dig deep in order
to help yourself and your peers discover your own authentic way of
being in the world of work, and the calling to which you are led.