Quarter Life Conference – Career & Social Justice

QLCIf you’re a 20 or 30-something, consider joining the Quarter Life Conference today. It’s FREE and you can hear from some great speakers about career and social justice.

I happen to be one of the speakers for today’s conference (although I almost feel a little out of place because I’m not an author or a writer or anything–but I do work with authors). In my session, I share about my career journey and how God was guiding me along the way and eventually led me to Tyndale. Ultimately one of the main themes I’ve seen in my life since high school up until now is that God’s plan for my life is always better than my own.

You can join in on the conference at any time today by watching the videos. Here’s a glimpse at the lineup of speakers:

1. Your Job Can Advance God’s Kingdom – Dr. Amy Sherman speaks on vocational calling and career, and how we can further God’s kingdom by what we do. We don’t have to be a pastor or be a super spiritual Christian–instead, focus on whatever gifting you already have as an artist, architect, or whatever to spread the message of the Gospel. There is no sacred or secular divide. Jesus is renewing everything for His kingdom! This is great news for those of us who have felt guilty for not going into “full time ministry.”

2. God works in spite of action (or in-action) on our part – Christy Stroud speaks on God’s plan vs. your career plan, and how God brought her a job even when she wasn’t looking. Be encouraged! Even though the economy is obviously way, way worse than it was many years ago–God’s plan is always way, way better than our own. You and I never know where that next job will come from! You can trust God with your career!

3. Sexual Harassment at Work is Wrong – Crystal Renaud speaks on social justice. No job should ever mistreat, manipulate, or lead you to a place where sexual harassment is considered normal or even okay! Because it’s not. If you or anyone you know is currently being manipulated at their job–it’s okay to get help! You don’t have to feel trapped in a job with inappropriate coworkers or bosses. (Side note: It took me four years to confess that I had been sexually harassed at a Christian work place. You can read that article here.)

4. Find and Do Work That Matters – Justin Zoradi speaks on why doing work that matters means that you’re using your greatest strengths. Good character creates sustainable success, and the person you are becoming is far more important than the work that you are doing. It’s important to play the long term investment game now as a 20/30-something–so that you can reap those rewards through the rest of your career.

5. Don’t Waste Your Life or Career – Paige Omartian speaks about how bone cancer almost took her life as an 11 year old. Our career is a lot bigger than just what we do as our job–it’s what we do with our life. You don’t have to wait for a life altering experience to start pursuing your career. Your life matters now! It’s time to stop wasting your life, and ask God to help lead and guide you in the right career path today!

6. You Are Not The Only One Struggling in Your Career – Paul Angone speaks on how our twenties are tough. That’s the truth. Too many 20-somethings are struggling through a quarter life crisis alone. You and I need help. Together, we need support. We all need nudges, prompts, advice and encouragement. No one has it figured out. It’s okay to struggle, but you don’t have to be alone!

7. Start Your Own Business – I speak on 5 easy steps to start your own business. As a 20-something I started my own business over 5 years ago, and as a 30-something I’m so glad I did. I’ve learned so much as a self employed person, and it has allowed me the freedom to pursue my dreams as a full time speaker and writer. If you would like to know more information on how to star your own business, please go here.

8. Take Time to Find Your Dream Job and Career – Sarah Francis Martin speaks on taking time to gain valuable work experience to get that dream job/career. Unfortunately, not every one is in the position to take a few years (or five) to gain valuable work experience, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. It is possible to pursue your dream job and career in today’s economy! Thankfully, God does not waste any work experiences. Of we’re open–He’ll show us where He wants us to go, and what He wants us to learn each step of the way.

So get some friends together or watch the conference on your own and find out how you can survive and thrive in your career.

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