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.
We have a new Resource Map to direct you to great vocation and career guidance resources!
We’ve launched the Pathways Resource Map! Visit the Resource Map page for links to six Maps for high school students, college students, young adults, mentors, and those interested in financial literacy and theological perspectives. The Maps contain opinionated, annotated, organized guides to books, articles, podcasts, videos and the like. Learn more on the Pathways Resource Map page.
We’ve launched the IPC Pathways Fund to support internships for at-risk students!
We’re excited to announce the formation of the the IPC Pathways Fund! The Fund was created thanks to an Endowment Grant from Immanuel Presbyterian Church. The Fund will make grants, in partnership with Communities in Schools of NOVA, to support low-income, at-risk students who choose internships, and to schools, to enhance career guidance resources available to low-income, at-risk students. Learn more at the IPC Pathways Fund page.
We want everyone at Immanuel to participate in career mentoring conversations. We also need volunteers and donations!
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.
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.
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 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.