Finding a Job Is Tough for Everyone—But It’s Especially Hard if You Are an Immigrant

Finding a job is tough. For everyone. But it’s especially hard if you are an immigrant. Numerous immigrants come to Philadelphia as adults, leaving a thriving professional career in their home countries. When they arrive here, they have to face many barriers for their everyday lives such as understanding and being understood in English, understanding [...]

Transferable Skills and Changing Careers: An International Professionals Program Graduate’s Experience

Dominika was born, raised, and gained education in Poland. At the end of 2017, she moved to Philadelphia, her husband's hometown. She earned a master’s degree in Public Health and Electroradiology  in Poland, but she was unable to get her degree accredited in the United States due to the large differences in curricula. This meant [...]

Let’s Learn Together: Developing Inclusive Best Practices

In January, we launched the Engaging Immigrant Talent initiative with the Office of Workforce Development which is funded by the WES Mariam Assefa Fund. Our project was designed to understand existing talent strategies and develop inclusive best practices as it relates to immigrants, refugees, and English Language Learners. In February, we hosted a Corporate Cocktail [...]

Overcoming Barriers as a High Skilled Immigrant in Philadelphia

I am Fode Kaba Traore. I am from Guinea which is in West Africa. In 2012, I earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from University Gamal Abdel Nasser of Conakry. Also, I earned certificates in HSE and transportation. Afterwards, I worked for different companies in the transportation field in Conakry and the countryside of [...]

How inclusive are your talent strategies? Our equitable economic recovery will depend on it

For Philadelphia, workforce diversity has always been an economic imperative. As the impending economic crisis in the wake of COVID-19 looms in front of us, so much is unknown. But even amidst uncertainty and fear, familiar patterns emerge. Inequity, disparity and racism are not new, just more clear under the harsh light this crisis shines [...]