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.
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Our first Pathways program — a career exploration program at Immanuel Presbyterian Church called IPC Pathways – now has 125 registered mentors and over 2 dozen seekers, and we’ve sponsored 6 forums so far.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My mentor conversations have been really helpful. They’ve suggested some other career paths that I wouldn’t have considered before. I’d been getting career tunnel vision—where I could only picture myself doing a few things— my mentors have helped me break out of that thinking. I’ve returned to job searching with a renewed energy.
I was so glad to have the opportunity to meet with my mentee to answer a few questions, provide insight, and learn more about what he wants to do and what drives him. It was tremendously rewarding to meet such a bright, motivated young person and help him move toward his goals, and it feels good to pay forward all of the assistance and guidance that I was lucky enough to receive when starting out. I’m looking forward to continuing the mentorship role with him and others as time goes on.
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