Determined not to let her two master's degrees in finance and five years of experience go to waste, Ruchi nonetheless kept hitting walls at every turn in her U.S. job search. In early 2014, Ruchi enrolled in our Women's Services Program and began working with her UpGlo career advisor. Several months later, when she was invited to interview at a leading U.S. bank, Ruchi was prepared. She completed all of her interview rounds in one day, and received an offer the following day.
"Upwardly Global gave me user-friendly tools that I applied not only for job searching but also to build professional relationships. The training helped me realize my strengths and recognize the areas where I need to develop my talents."
A Coastal Engineer from Vietnam is Proud to Protect California Coastline
To Dang and his wife were well known Coastal Engineers in Vietnam. When they arrived in the U.S. they soon realized they did not know about the U.S. cultural context, let alone how to get a job in this country. He worked as a tour guide to help pay the bills and was not sure if he would ever find a professional job. “When I went to the first Upwardly Global workshop, my hope came back,” he recalled.
Ph.D. in Coastal Engineering M. Eng in Water Resources Engineering B. Sc in Oceanography/Physics
To Dang had come to this country with his family one year and several months ago. He and his wife had very good positions in their society. They chose to leave that life because, more than anything else, they needed their only son to have a good future. “We wanted the opportunity for him to study and live in this free, democratic, and dynamic country,” he said.
When they arrived in the U.S., they realized the challenges were greater than they had anticipated. To Dang searched the web and sent his resume to companies but never got any feedback, or heard that he was over-qualified for the position. "The problem is not just the money. I want to contribute. In my country I used to work, sometimes, 18 hours a day. I did not know how to not work now!" he recalled. He decided to work at a travel agency as a Tour Guide to pay for food and rent. He found Upwardly Global through his friend.
One month before he joined Upwardly Global, in June 2010, To Dang sent in an application for his dream job as a coastal scientist with a company called ESA-PWA, but he never received a response. A few months later he saw the position was still on their website and he resend his new resume and cover letter. After a week, they invited him for an interview and after three more interviews, they offered To Dang the job.
"It is my first professional career in the United States, and I am so happy. I waited a long time and Upwardly Global helped me to never give up. This is the right job for me. I want to thank Upwardly Global and all of the staff for never giving up on me. Now this is my home. I am a California resident. And now I can use my knowledge to protect my coastline. California has a very, very long coastline," said To Dang.