Pathfinders is a career discovery experience designed to help you explore different career paths and gain more clarity about your future.

Pathfinders: Discover your interests

A career discovery program designed to help you gain clarity about your future

Why Pathfinders?

Not sure what career path is best for you? That’s totally normal.

Pathfinders is designed to help you take those first steps towards figuring out what truly interests you and help you uncover the possible paths you can take.


This program is best for:

Middle School Explorers

This program is best for curious middle school students who are just beginning the early stages of career awareness, and are eager to explore diverse professions to get to a clearer vision of their future.

High School Seekers

Tailored for high school students still in the process of discovering their interests, this program provides targeted insights into potential career paths, helping them make informed choices about their college majors and beyond.

College Ambiguity

This program offers clear pathways for college students seeking direction in their potential career options. It helps them consider a wide range of options, foster innovative thinking and empower them to make confident choices.

The Program At A Glance:

Personalized mentorship from experts in a one-month program

  • 3 virtual one hour sessions

  • 1 Reflection Session

  • Immediate enrollment

  • Global timezone flexibility

  • Tuition: $595 USD

In this program you will...

Choose Topics

  • Select your three areas of interest - whether broad or specific

  • Get matched in less than a week

  • Prep with our list of 50 sample questions to ask in your sessions

Pathfinders mentors

Meet Mentors

  • Receive personalized 1-on-1 advice from 3 expert mentors from the world's best institutions

  • Engage in two-way conversations that are tailored to you

Reflection session

Reflect on Learnings

  • Get help synthesizing your learnings in a Reflection Session with a Polygence Educator

  • Define clear next steps towards more exploration

What your program could look like:

Session 1: Biology with Quan

MD Candidate at Stanford

Sample questions you could ask:

  • What is a day in the life of a cancer biologist like?

  • How did Quan realize she wanted to be a biologist?

  • What research is she doing? What questions is she thinking about?

  • What’s the hardest thing about her work?

Session 2: Engineering with Amin

PhD Candidate at Princeton University

Sample questions you could ask:

  • What kinds of decisions did Amin make to get into college?

  • What is his favorite thing about his research?

  • Are you able to establish a work/life balance in your field?

  • What steps did you take to earn your current position?

Session 3: Public Health with Kalifa

MD Candidate at University of Wisconsin

Sample questions you could ask:

  • How did Kalifa realize she wanted to specialize in public health?

  • What surprised her the most about her industry?

  • What was college like for Kalifa?

  • What resources should I look at to dive deeper?

Reflection session

Session 4: Reflection Session

with Polygence Educator

What you'll do:

  • Reflect on key learnings from the three conversations

  • Get help to synthesize learnings about oneself

  • Identify clear next steps to take to further explore career paths

Note: You don’t need to pick three different subjects. Some students pick just one, such as Biology, and then use Pathfinders to meet with three mentors who all specialize in different topics within the field of Biology.

What our students say:

The program allowed me to view my options. My parents have often told me what jobs are "hot", but that doesn't really provide context into what these jobs do, or what college life the people who go these paths are like. This program allowed me to mitigate this as I was able to ask real people what their college life, path, career options, and day-to-day were like. I now know what I wish to pursue (in terms of college), but also have a decent bit of context on post-college life. Meeting these people (who all were incredibly nice) was also super awesome and really helpful.

I did not know which path to pursue and this program helped me with that. I enjoyed talking to the 3 experts of their respective fields and obtained detailed information regarding the same. It was especially great that they not only talked about the pros of their field but also about somethings that they struggled through and this will help me in deciding my career path. The best part of the program was their enthusiasm. They were happy to answer all my questions and made the session super fun for me.

This program helped me to gain clarity on future career options and majors. I knew vaguely what I wanted to study in college, but I wasn’t sure how that would pan out into a career. Because of this program, I got to see some of the options I had available as paths. The best part of the program for me was discovering the an entire subject of study I hadn’t even considered: Biomedical Engineering.

The Pathfinders program really did help me find my path. After meeting with my three mentors, I felt so informed and confident about my career path. The best part of this program is that in being given the opportunity to widen my options, I actually was able to narrow it down. That is the power of exploring in programs like Pathfinders.

Work with expert mentors like...

We have built a network of over 2000 mentors from world renowned educational institutions, specializing in every field you can imagine:

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Ross Greer

PhD Candidate in Electrical & Computer Engineering

Ross Greer is a PhD Candidate in Electrical & Computer Engineering studying Intelligent Systems, Robotics, and Control at the University of California, San Diego. 

Logan pearce

Logan Pearce

PhD candidate in Social Psychology at Princeton University

Logan Pearce is completing her PhD in Social Psychology at Princeton University. Before Princeton, she earned her B.S. in Symbolic Systems, an interdisciplinary major spanning computer science, psychology, linguistics, and philosophy, from Stanford University in 2020. 

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Doctoral Candidate at Stanford University

Chelsea Harder is a mixed methods researcher completing her Doctorate at Stanford University. She is an expert in Sensory Culture.

How it works

1. Sign Up

Begin by creating a Polygence account and then, you'll be prompted to complete the 5 minute Pathfinders sign up process.

Once complete, sit tight for up to 2 weeks while Polygence works hard to find the perfect mentors, personalized to you.

Tuition: $595 USD

2. Discover

Once matched, we’ll email you instructions guiding you to:

  • Log in to the Polygence platform

  • Begin scheduling with your mentors

  • Enjoy your conversations and get your questions answered

3. Reflect

After meeting with each mentor, you will:

  • Schedule a Reflection Session with a Polygence guide

  • Share your experience

  • Discuss next steps you can take to further explore your passions.

  • One-month program

  • Virtual 1 hour sessions

  • Personalized mentorship from experts

  • Global timezone flexibility

  • Immediate enrollment

  • Tuition: $595