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Fostering Informed Career Choices

Career exploration programs for communities

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Our Mission

Our mission is to help young people make more informed vocation decisions.  We design and offer tools to communities to encourage their younger members to take advantage of an underused asset:  the career wisdom and experience of older members of their communities.

Latest News

We’ve launched our first Pathways program — a career exploration program at Immanuel Presbyterian Church called IPC Pathways.

What We Do

The Harraseeket Foundation has created a program called “Pathways.”  Pathways empowers communities to help their younger members make more informed career decisions. 

About Pathways

Our Pathways program offers communities the means to engage in mentoring and manage their own career exploration programs.

Programs Offered

We’ve developed an online platform for communities that connects members, supports group forums and inspires career exploration.

Our Focus

We work with communities that have a mission to nurture their young members. Houses of worship are ideal Pathways communities.

Meet a Mentor

Some of the mentors in the Immanuel Presbyterian Church Pathways program are sharing the stories of their career paths.  Here is one mentor’s story of how she became a small business owner and what landscape design means to her.

We look forward to sharing more of these stories in the coming weeks.  

Recent Feedback

I loved having the opportunity to meet with [my seeker].  She was so open, warm, and eager to learn about how I had navigated my career path and about some of the choices I made along the way.  While it became clear fairly early in our discussion that our career paths were not likely to be very similar, I felt that we connected and both benefitted from considering questions we posed to one another, including, for example, what we see as our greatest personal skills and gifts that we would hope to utilize in the workplace.  [The seeker] commented to me that she felt that was a good question that she had never really fully considered in that way.  After [the seeker] thoughtfully responded to this question, I’d like to think that she had a bit more clarify and direction that could prove helpful as she considers various job opportunities and her career path.  In the end, I walked away with much to think about myself and, if the truth be told, I likely benefitted from the meeting as much, if not more, than [the seeker], who is a truly remarkable person.

Jenna Litchewski
Pathways Mentor

I have had a great experience with Pathways. The connections I’ve made have helped me explore job opportunities, feel more confident in my abilities, and think about my career from a fresh perspective.

Liz Velander
Pathways Seeker

My experience with Pathways has been much more than traditional mentoring — I call it conversing and sharing. We don’t know where it goes but the journey is rewarding so far. It affirms my long-held view of Immanuel as a family.

Rich Bissell
Pathways Mentor

In tracing back over my career path with my seeker, interesting threads of connection emerged within the different jobs that I've had over the years that I don't think I saw at the time as I transitioned from one job to the next. That clarity cued up some perspective in my seeker that, despite confusion and overwhelm in contemplating career paths, if they allowed inner guidance to prevail in steering them towards first jobs, seeds of growth would be sown that could be cultivated from one job to the next, each position with potential to amplify their innate talents and gifts.   I saw that I had stayed true to my deep interests and passions and that I was able to flourish in positions that at first glance didn't seem to be the perfect fit.

I had such a dynamic exchange with the seeker I met with. Their energy and commitment really inspired me.

Kathy Badgen
Pathways Mentor

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Why We’re Here

Welcome to the Harraseeket Signposts Blog! A small group of us embarked on this journey because we believe two things:…

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We’ve launched our first Pathways website

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