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Benson

Before Upwardly Global:
Current Profession:
Admissions Advisor
Current Employer:
IT College in Chicago
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“Upwardly Global is the best thing that happened when I think about my professional path in the U.S. I found every workshop, training, and piece of advice precious in understanding the job interview expectations in the U.S. Trust me, I can now write my resume with my eyes closed, thanks to Upwardly Global.”

“I was born and raised in Kenya. Being adventurous, I went to South Korea when I was 23 for an exchange program and further studies, and fell in love with the people, food, language, and dynamism of the high-tech Korean cities. After graduate studies, I became a full-time university faculty member at a local university and also contributed articles to newspapers as a freelance correspondent for more than five years. I had been to the U.S. previously for three short stays as a doctorate student. I decided to return to Chicago permanently in late August 2016 to reunite with my lovely wife and three-year-old son.

My first few months in the U.S. were both blissful and a little worrisome. Blissful because I finally reunited with my family after four years of unexpected separation due to immigration challenges. I love technology, but when I had to watch my son being born via Skype, I realized technology wasn’t ‘magical.’ I was worried because I knew it would be a challenge to find employment without having working experience in the U.S. By the time I landed at the airport, I had already sent out my fiftieth resume. From those 50 attempts, only two responses came back, and with the same verdict: ‘impressive CV but we’ve found someone else.’

Just a few days after my arrival, my wife mentioned to me about Upwardly Global. It’s the best thing that happened when I think about my professional path in the U.S. I found every workshop, training, and piece of advice precious in understanding the job interview expectations in the U.S. Trust me, I can now write my resume with my eyes closed, thanks to Upwardly Global.

I currently work as an admissions advisor at an IT college in downtown Chicago. I am also blessed that my current employer, knowing the passion I have for teaching, allowed me to take a second job. I teach an IT Bridge course in one of the City Colleges of Chicago. I relish my current professional engagements.

Life is getting smoother each day. How wonderful it is to go home each evening and be with my family. Playing with my son every morning and evening brings so much delight. I thank God for this country and hope that it will forever be a land of freedom, opportunities, and diversity.”

 

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