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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

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

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 first conversation with my mentor was incredibly organic, supportive, and fun. I learned a valuable perspective from her, that career paths aren’t always linear and are often enriched by your openness to opportunities. I intend to carry this with me on my career journey, and have greatly enjoyed our newly fostered relationship and correspondence.

Julia Black
Pathways Seeker

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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