Applicants are required to:
- Be a green card holder, refugee, SIV, or asylee (See our full list of accepted visas.)
- Have earned at least a bachelors degree outside of the U.S.
- Have lived in the U.S. for 5 years or less
- Speak English comfortably
- Currently live in one of these states: California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., Washington State, or Wisconsin.
The Upwardly Global Career Skills Program consists of: Onboarding, Core Training, Coaching and Networking. After you complete the Onboarding phase (Orientation, English Assessment, and Resume Basics) you will gain access to the 5 Core Training courses online. Here, you will learn tips and strategies to succeed in the U.S. job search process, including how to write a U.S.-style resume and cover letter, market yourself to U.S. employers, prepare for a job interview, and network in your professional field. You will also work with an advisor or mentor to receive customized coaching, and have access to the Upwardly Global professional network, events, and resources.
Go to the “Apply Now” section of our website and complete the application. If you meet the program qualifications, you will be contacted by an UpGlo team member within 5 business days to schedule a screening call.
Core training can be completed on your schedule, but we encourage you to complete it within 10 days so that you can begin your job search with us as soon as possible.
If you are accepted, you will be an active member of our Career Skills Program for up to 18 months. When you secure your first professional job in the U.S., you will become an alumni of our program along with thousands of others across the country.
Upwardly Global is not a placement agency, and we do not guarantee job placement. We are here to prepare you to conduct your own successful job search with our support. After you complete the program, you will have new tools: A professional resume and cover letter, connections to professionals in your field, and improved interview and networking skills. Your success in finding a job will depend on your motivation and determination.
Upwardly Global is the leading nonprofit organization committed to helping skilled immigrants and refugees rebuild their professional careers in the U.S. In addition to the Career Skills Program, we create useful professional connections between you and members of our network including employers, volunteers, and other job seekers and alumni of our program. We are not a staffing agency.
Our program is free to anyone who qualifies. Upwardly Global has supportive funders and sponsors that provide us with grants and donations which allow us to offer our services and programs at no cost. In return, we expect a full commitment from you when you decide to participate in our program. We encourage our alumni to give back to UpGlo after successfully securing a U.S. professional job.
Upwardly Global does not directly provide training in these areas, but we work with many partners to ensure our job seekers have free access to vital resources. We also offer a volunteer language coaching program for conversational practice.
Upwardly Global’s training is focused on helping you to build your soft skills to conduct a successful U.S. job search. If you have been outside of a professional field for more than five years, you face increased barriers to career re-entry that may not be addressed by our programs and services. We recommend that you consider returning to study, or pursuing recertification, to build your technical skills and make yourself a strong candidate for the current job market.
Upwardly Global shares our training with partner organizations across the U.S., who may serve clients in areas we do not cover. You are welcome to share your contact information here, and we will contact you if we are able to recommend a partner organization to you.
Upwardly Global is funded to work with fully work-authorized professionals in the United States. Because of this, we will ask to view your original work authorization card before you complete our program. We also view your university diploma to verify that you have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. In some locations, we will ask you to complete paperwork related to our funders.