The Theology of Work

Each week I create a new online radio podcast — answering a few of the many questions we receive. Here are some of this week’s questions you can hear discussed on the 48 Days Radio Show.1. What is the best resource for a stay at home mom who has home schooled children for the past 28 years to determine direction for a career after an unwanted divorce? I have no formal education past high school.

2. I’ve been looking for a new job for 3 months now and trying to slowly read your book “48 Days…” but I realize what I love to do is sing and play guitar and write songs and poetry. How can I make a career out of a vocation?

3. I’ve recently been given an assignment by a mentor to develop my own “Theology of Work” (i.e. God’s purpose for having us work). He recommended I read Dorothy Sayers essay entitled “Why Work” and “The Call” by Os Guinness. 1. Would you recommend these materials? 2. What do you believe God’s purpose for human work is?

4. I’m in a job I hate, with a 40-mile one-way commute. I want to get a better job, but I need a degree (which I can’t afford because I’m in so much debt). How can I get a better job when I need the education that I can’t afford without the better job?

5. I am a graphic designer. I have two questions. The first is, as a graphic designer should I send samples of my work with the resume or wait until an interview? The second is, should I use a functional resume instead of a chronological one since I graduated April 2007 and don’t have much experience?

6. I am a 37 year old pharmacist and co-owner of an independent pharmacy. I make a comfortable living, but dislike my job due to insurance and the hectic pace. I have been in and around pharmacy my entire life, and feel trapped in my current situation. Any suggestions?

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One Response to “The Theology of Work”

  1. Ted Olkowski Says:

    I am 54 years old with 20+ years experience in the field of Heating and Air Conditioning, both residential and commercial. I consider my new business as micro, not small at this stage. The customers that I have are very loyal and complement the extra attention I give to solving their issues. I offer low pricing when it comes to new equipment or service, I need to dearly to generate more customers, but advertising is rather expensive and there is so many big box HVAC companies listed my ads do not generate any work thats needed. I have been contacted by superpages.com and they say that they can drive customers to me and I would pay per click at $2.50 ea. Is this something I should consider since I am just starting up and funding is very low to nothing at this time of the year? My Website is not up and running yet should I make this a priority? I have started a web log on live journal is this perhaps a correct step? I am not to HTML oriented, do to the fact I have had to work 8 to 20 hours a day all my adult life to make ends meet.

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