Journal of Undergraduate Research


calling paths, anticipated calling, law school students


Marriott School of Management




Human beings spend a large proportion of their time working. What one does for work will end up having a huge influence throughout their life. Given that this is the case, sociologists and psychologists have conducted research on the ways in which individuals attach meaning to their work. Within this stream of research, scholars have studied the experience of work as a deeply meaningful combination of using one’s passions and talents to help others-work as a calling. This research has typically been concerned with callings as work one is currently engaged in. A noteworthy paper by Kira Schabram and Sally Maitlis studied various calling “paths” taken by animal shelter workers throughout their careers. They studied calling paths of workers in animal shelters, but only once they were in the shelter, not the paths taken to that first job in a shelter. The work I am engaged in seeks to extend this study of calling paths to before a line of work has even begun. I decided to study law school students and students preparing to be teachers. The law school half of data collection is finished and I’m currently analysing these data. I am writing a manuscript for submission to present at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management based on these law school data. The deadline for submission to this conference is 15 January, 2019 and I plan to meet this deadline with a manuscript on anticipated calling among law students. After all data (including the educator half) are collected and analyzed, I will be writing a paper that will be submitted for publication in the Journal of Vocational Behavior.

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