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Upwardly Global & WES Presentation for Immigrant Professionals


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Upwardly Global & WES Presentation for Immigrant Professionals

  1. 1. How to Use your Foreign Degree in The U.S. Workshop for Immigrant Professionals © 2007, All Rights Reserved, Upwardly Global In partnership with World Education Services © 2007, All Rights Reserved, Upwardly Global
  2. 2. Today ’ s Agenda <ul><li>Welcome and Introduction to WES and Upwardly Global </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges for Immigrant Professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Using Your WES Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Job Search and Working with Upwardly Global </li></ul><ul><li>Wrap-up and Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. You are NOT alone … <ul><li>More than 1.3 million college-educated immigrants in the U.S. are unemployed or working in unskilled jobs </li></ul>Housecleaner Barista Waspada Indonesia Auditor Evelyn El Salvador Engineer Taxi Driver Cristian Romania Engineer Cashier Manizha Afghanistan Physician
  4. 4. Main Barriers to Employment <ul><li>Limited English skills </li></ul><ul><li>Academic credentials and professional skills/ experience not recognized </li></ul><ul><li>Job-seekers not familiar with U.S. job search </li></ul>
  5. 5. Credential Recognition <ul><li>About Credential Evaluation in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decentralized – each institution/agency sets its own rules regarding recognition and acceptance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal vs. external evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluations are non-binding “ expert opinions ” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>About WES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-profit organization since 1974 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has served 750,000 individuals, about 50,000 each year from all countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reports are widely accepted by universities, licensing boards, employers, government agencies </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Document-by-Document Report </li></ul><ul><li>Identifies and describes each diploma or certificate </li></ul><ul><li>Indicates periods of education </li></ul><ul><li>Provides an equivalency for each document </li></ul><ul><li>This is the report you should generally order for: </li></ul><ul><li>Employment ( when Licensing or Certification is not required ) </li></ul><ul><li>Immigration </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Comprehensive Course-by-Course Report </li></ul><ul><li>Document-by-Document report, PLUS : </li></ul><ul><li>Lists all subjects completed at the post-secondary level </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a U.S. semester credit and grade equivalent for each course </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a U.S. grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale </li></ul><ul><li>This is the report you should order for: </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Professional licensing </li></ul><ul><li>Professional certification </li></ul>
  8. 8. Unique Elements of WES Evaluation <ul><li>WES authenticates all credentials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why authentication is important </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adds credibility and gives confidence to recipient </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Addresses concerns about fraud and diploma mills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. employers can not easily verify foreign degrees, but routinely do so for U.S. degrees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Most widely recognized reports </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Purposes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Licensing/Certification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Further Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immigration </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Using Your Evaluation <ul><li>For Employment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Government agencies & large companies generally require or recognize evaluations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Smaller businesses may not be aware </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concerns about fraud </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Companies can easily and quickly verify U.S. degrees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foreign degrees not easily checked by non-experts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Sell ” and explain your WES evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mention in resume, cover letter, interview </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Employers can call WES to verify report, ask questions </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>For Professional Licensing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>License is required for some professions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Complicated, time-consuming, expensive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not always necessary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Limited practice – e.g. Accounting, Law </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative careers in related fields </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Physician  Healthcare interpreter </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Registered Nurse  Cert. Nurse Assistant </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public school teacher  Substitute teacher </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alternate routes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More flexible (esp. Teaching) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Using Your Evaluation
  11. 11. <ul><li>For Professional Licensing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Licensing is state-regulated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Each state has separate boards with different rules </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Find your state board at </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certification is usually voluntary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes required for licensing or hiring in certain fields </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Find your profession at </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>Using Your Evaluation
  12. 12. <ul><li>For Further Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Undergraduate Admission / Transfer Credit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>External (WES) evaluation often required, but not always </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Helps college staff determine eligibility </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Determine advanced standing/transfer credit </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate Programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Department/Faculty Review Applications and Decide on Admission </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certificate and Training Programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nursing, allied health, teaching </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pathways to licensing in some fields </li></ul></ul></ul>How to Use Your Evaluation
  13. 13. Your Experience <ul><li>What has your experience been? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using your evaluation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding appropriate employment or education opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seeking further education or licensing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What else WES might do to help its clients? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have additional suggestions? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Upwardly Global ( <ul><li>You can call us “ UpGlo ” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-profit Organization with offices in SF, NY and Chicago </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide job search support for skilled, educated immigrants. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our results : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Coached more than 1,200 skilled immigrants from more than 94 developing countries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$40,000 average salary + benefits in career field </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Programs and Services <ul><li>Jobseeker program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free 8-week workshop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentoring program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connections to employers in your field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Referral to community organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expectation to commit to a high level of communication with Upwardly Global staff </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Employer Network program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnership with more than large, small-to-medium companies, government institutions and non-profit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help them effectively recruit immigrant professionals through hands-on training </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Success Stories Before: Babysitter After: Immigration Lawyer Before: Unemployed After: Professional Recruiter JPMC Before: Cab driver After: Design Engineer, Con Edison Before: Security Guard After: Accountant, AJWS Before: Unemployed After: PR Director, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Before: Cook After: Evaluater, WES
  17. 17. Traits of U.S. Job Search <ul><li>Fast: Fast paced, quick turnaround </li></ul><ul><li>Computerized: Electronic/internet & email focused </li></ul><ul><li>Networked: Emphasis on networking with people you don ’ t know </li></ul><ul><li>Competitive: Many candidates for each job </li></ul><ul><li>Sell, sell, sell: Focused on self promotion and marketing yourself </li></ul>
  18. 18. Marketing Yourself – “Elevator Pitch” <ul><li>Who you are: </li></ul><ul><li>Hi, my name is _____________. </li></ul><ul><li>What you can do: </li></ul><ul><li>I have __ years of experience in/as a _________(field/profession). </li></ul><ul><li>What you are looking for: </li></ul><ul><li>I am looking for a position as a _____________ where I can apply my skills in ( skill #1 ), ( skill #2 ), ( skill #3 ). I would like to work for __________ (type of organization/company – be specific).” </li></ul><ul><li>UPGLO ACTION ITEM: Practice Your Pitch </li></ul>
  19. 19. Job Search Tool Box: Resumes <ul><li>Employers will only spend 20 seconds reviewing your resume! Your resume must quickly show: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What you are looking for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What value you bring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What you are capable of </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UPGLO ACTION ITEM: Update your resume in the American style </li></ul>“ After I updated my resume, it was much more clear what kind of job I wanted. My resume is now results oriented and easier to read, and really highlights my best accomplishments. After I updated it, I started getting calls and interviews! ” -Nataliya, Ukraine
  20. 20. American-style Resumes <ul><li>Concise (1 – 2 pages is best) </li></ul><ul><li>Results oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Well organized and formatted </li></ul>
  21. 21. Job Search Tool Box: Job Boards <ul><li>Where to Look: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>,,, (large companies) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>,, (non-profit organizations) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> (all sizes and types of companies) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> (for advertising/marketing) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Company websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>, (career information) </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Job Search Tool Box: Job Boards <ul><li>Don ’ t make common mistakes when using the internet in your search! </li></ul><ul><li>Do Not: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use it as the ONLY job search tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply for so many jobs you lose track </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Submit generic resumes and cover letters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Job Boards for research to target your search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Customize every job application you submit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only apply to jobs you are qualified for </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UPGLO ACTION ITEM: Use Job Boards to find 3 companies for which you would like to work </li></ul>
  23. 23. How do Americans find Jobs? Internet Job Boards – 4% Newspaper ads – 15% Networking – 77% !!
  24. 24. Networking <ul><ul><li>Where </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Association events/meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Job Fairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classes/Trainings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Social Networks ( , etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your personal network - teachers, family, friends, doctors, political/civic/community leaders, salespersons, other parents, fellow volunteers, clergy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informational Interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short phone calls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Meet for coffee ” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UPGLO ACTION ITEM: List 5 people you will talk to or places you will go to start networking in your job search </li></ul>
  25. 25. Networking Success Stories <ul><li>Vladimir , a Ph.D. from Russia, found a position as a Software Engineer through a connection with another Upwardly Global jobseeker ’ s husband ’ s friend! </li></ul><ul><li>Helio , a Stock Broker from Brazil, found a position at Citigroup through a friend who already worked at the company (this one took some persistence!) </li></ul><ul><li>Tatiana , an accountant from Moldova, found a position as an Accounts Payable Specialist through a contact she made at a professional networking event. </li></ul><ul><li>Mandy , a Finance Professional from China, found her position at State Street Financial through someone she met at a Party! </li></ul>
  26. 26. Working with UpGlo to Re-Start your Career <ul><li>Minimum qualifications: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arrived in US within the past 5 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full, permanent work authorization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimum of a BA degree from outside the US </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have at least 2 years of experience in field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highly motivated in your job search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to commit to an 8 week training program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(3-hour evening sessions, once a week) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you can answer YES, your next steps are to : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1) Apply online! or call us at </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>212-219-8828 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2) If you have applied, please call us this week to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>schedule a client meeting! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>** Please complete the attached sheet before leaving today! </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Summary Main Barriers to Employment Resources Academic credentials and professional skills/ experience not recognized <ul><li>World Education Services </li></ul><ul><li>Credential Evaluation for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>employment purposes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>higher education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>professional certification </li></ul></ul>Job-seekers not familiar with U.S. job search <ul><li>Upwardly Global </li></ul><ul><li>Jobseeker Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>free 8-week workshop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mentorship program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>employer connections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Employer Network Program </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul><ul><li>Questions and Answers </li></ul>