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Life and Work. Steering a course for success through your most challenging transition. Four Areas of Greatest Change. Your Vocation (What you do) Your Identity (How you see yourself) Your Finances Your Relationships. Four Areas of Greatest Change.

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Life and work

Life and Work

Steering a course for success through your most challenging transition


Four areas of greatest change

Four Areas of Greatest Change

  • Your Vocation (What you do)

  • Your Identity (How you see yourself)

  • Your Finances

  • Your Relationships


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Four Areas of Greatest Change

  • Your Vocation – From Self-benefit to Employer-benefit

  • Your Identity – From Student to Employee

  • Your Finances – From Dependence to Independence

  • Your Relationships – From Classmates to Co-workers


Navigating the change in vocation

Navigating the Change in Vocation

  • Vocation: What we do

  • The Change:

    • Studying for own benefit

    • Working for someone else’s benefit

  • The Key: Develop a Healthy Perspective of Work


Work in the beginning

Work in the Beginning

Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. (Genesis 2:7-9)


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Work in the Beginning

The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. (Genesis 2:7-9, 15)

  • Cultivate = work, service

  • Keep = Care or protection

    We were created for work!


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Work in the Beginning

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth." (Genesis 1:27-28)


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Work in the Beginning

But then…

And to Adam he said, "Because you… have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. (Genesis 3:17-18)


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Work in the Beginning

By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return." (Genesis 3:19)

Work has been cursed. But work is still good!


Navigating the change in vocation1

Navigating the Change in Vocation

Develop a healthy perspective of work!

View it as part of a master plan to:

  • Redeem

  • Restore

  • Renew

    God’s creation!


How to navigate the changes ahead

How to Navigate the Changes Ahead

  • Your Vocation – Develop a Healthy Perspective of Work

  • Your Identity (How you see yourself)

  • Your Finances

  • Your Relationships


Navigating the change in identity

Navigating the Change in Identity

  • Identity: How you see yourself

  • The Change: Student to Employee

  • The Key: Keep your Expectations Low!


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How to Navigate the Changes Ahead

  • Your Vocation – Develop a Healthy Perspective of Work

  • Your Identity – Keep your Expectations Low

  • Your Finances

  • Your Relationships


Navigating the change in finances

Navigating the Change in Finances

  • The Change: Dependence to Independence

  • The Key: Learn how to Manage Money


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Navigating the Change in Finances

PT Barnum (circus founder):

“Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.”


Financial wisdom

Financial Wisdom

1.Don’t spend more than you earn.

The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.

(Proverbs 22:7)


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Financial Wisdom

2. Save at least 10% of your pay

Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man's dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.

(Proverbs 21:20)


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Financial Wisdom

3. Make a plan

“Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it?”

(Luke 14:28

“Begin with the end in mind.” Stephen Covey


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Financial Wisdom

4. When your salary increases, don’t increase your spending. Invest the extra!

And [Jesus] said to them, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."

(Luke 12:15)


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How to Navigate the Changes Ahead

  • Your Vocation – Develop a Healthy Perspective of Work

  • Your Identity – Keep your Expectations Low

  • Your Finances – Learn how to Manage Money

  • Your Relationships


Navigating the change in relationships

Navigating the Change in Relationships

  • The Change: Classmates to Co-workers

  • The Key: Pursue Life-Giving Relationships


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How to Navigate the Changes Ahead

  • Your Vocation – Develop a Healthy Perspective of Work

  • Your Identity – Keep your Expectations Low

  • Your Finances – Learn how to Manage Money

  • Your Relationships – Pursue Life-Giving Relationships


Thank you

Thank you!

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