Last Wednesday evening, Honors students at Concordia met with Mr. JoBe Cerny over dinner. The meeting was an informal discussion that gave students the opportunity to ask Cerny about his opinions on vocation. Cerny works in the movie business. He is well-known as the Pillsbury Dough Boy, but has also worked with Second City and done some writing for the Twilight Zone. After talking briefly about his career, Cerny asked students to share their career goals and what they saw as the biggest obstacle to overcome. Several students bravely shared their dreams with Cerny and in return, he gave them advice on reaching their goals. Cerny stressed the importance of dedication and planning a realistic path to achieve a goal.
The discussion was perfect for this semester's theme of vocation. As we (the Honors students) learn about the history of Christian vocation, we also contemplate our futures. We must ask ourselves if we are choosing a career that will allow us to serve our neighbors. Will that career make a difference in the lives of others? While these are certainly important questions to ask, it is possible to be so caught up in thinking about a career itself that the necessary steps on the path to the career are forgotten. One does not become a teacher by wishing it were so; teaching requires attending college, earning a degree, filling out job applications, and being hired. That is why Cerny recommended planning out each step.
As I listened to Cerny give us career advice I began to feel confident that I am already taking the right steps to prepare for the next stage in my life. I know which classes I will need to take each semester next school year in order to graduate in May 2013. Furthermore, I have looked at the application requirements for the graduate programs I am interested in and know which tests I will have to take before I can apply; I know when I need to take those tests and have started studying for them as well. That is not to say my future is guaranteed, but I feel confident that I am making my best effort to reach my career goals. I believe that if I can apply Cerny's advice to my other goals, I will be able to achieve them as well.