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Religious Studies

Definition

Religious Studies is a way of organizing humankind’s oldest and deepest concerns about the meaning of life and death. It seeks to understand how people form, express, and practice their religious needs, beliefs, and values.

Job Titles to Consider

 

Camp Director
Clergy Member
Community Worker
Counselor
Director of Religious Education
Director of Religious Activities 

Fundraiser
Missionary
Peace Corps / VISTA Worker
Professor / Teacher
Public Relations Specialist
Religious Writer / Editor


Can you prove you have the most important skills to hear “You're Hired”?

Communication Skills
Communication skills involve active listening, presentation as well as excellent writing capabilities. Can you explain technical concepts to partners, customers and coworkers in a way they will understand?

Computer and Technical Literacy
Today, most jobs require basic competency in computer software.

Interpersonal Skills
The ability to work in teams, relate to people and manage conflict is extremely important in the workplace. How have you done this in the past? What is your conflict management style?

Adaptability
Are you able to adapt to changes and manage multiple tasks? In today’s professional world, the ability to learn new technologies and adjust to changing surroundings is important.

Research Skills
Hiring managers seek employees that are skilled at assessing situations, are able to seek multiple perspectives and gather more in-depth information.

Project Management Skills
Organization, planning and effectively implementing projects are all important skills to an employer. Many companies are choosing not to hire project managers, and are expecting all employees to possess the skills necessary to carry out projects.

Problem-Solving Skills
You need the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, and available resources to resolve issues in any field. Solving problems will save your organization time and money.

Strong Work Ethic
Can you take initiative? Are you reliable? Can you do the job right the first time? Managers don’t have the time watch your every move, so this is a skill that is expected from all employees.

Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence is not a skill that will be listed in a job description. However, it is a highly sought after skill that relates to social skills, social awareness and self-management abilities.

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Religion
www.aarweb.org

Christian Theological Research Fellowship
http://www.apu.edu/

 

Additional Sources of Information

Online Resources for the Academic Study of Religion
http://www.academicinfo.net/Religion.html

Religious Studies Web Guide
http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~lipton/

The Council of Societies for the Study of Religion
http://www.cssr.org/

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