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Welcome to IPC Pathways

A career exploration program at

Immanuel Presbyterian Church, McLean, VA

What is IPC Pathways?

IPC Pathways is a career exploration program at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, McLean, VA. It is designed to benefit youth and young adults – whom we call seekers — who have a connection to Immanuel, whether or not they are members.

The program has been operated since fall 2017 at Immanuel by The Harraseeket Foundation.  Harraseeket is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to support career exploration programs for communities like Immanuel.  The program is operated in consultation with Immanuel’s Spirituality & Learning Committee, Youth Ministry Committee, Immanuel staff and an Immanuel advisory board that includes several seekers.

Learn more about the program at About IPC Pathways.

Get Involved

We want everyone at Immanuel to participate in career mentoring conversations. We also need volunteers and donations!

Become a Seeker

There are a number of reasons for youth and young adults to participate.

Be a Mentor

Think you shouldn’t be a Pathways mentor? Think again. We share why Immanuel members can and should be mentors.

Volunteer

Whether or not you become a seeker or a mentor and participate in mentoring conversations, we need your help.

Donate

Make a difference in the lives of Immanuel seekers and contribute to support IPC Pathways.

Mentor Spotlight

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.

Feedback from Seekers and Mentors

It was fantastic! I enjoyed talking with [mentor] a lot. He helped me feel more confident about my [job]. Would love to continue to talk in the future.

Alex Abi-Najm
Pathways Seeker

My connection with [my mentor] was very successful! Through him I got to meet with three program leads at the National Academy of Sciences. Including the head of the new Climate Change program they are trying to set up. They said that I might be able to find a position open over this summer, and if that happens then I have a good chance to land it since I got my foot in the door way ahead of time. Thanks so much for the connection.

Christian Erickson
Pathways Seeker

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

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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