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.
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.
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.
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.
Through our conversation I was able to use my experience to help (seeker) see the patterns in her own life that pointed to why she truly enjoys and the types of roles that she might find most fulfilling.
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