Success at Home Depot
Two Iranian refugees recently came to the US with substantial experience and education. They faced a different set of barriers than many other IRC clients. Although – unlike most – they have vocational experience and degrees, these foreign documents hold little clout in the United States. The man worked for decades as a pediatrician and medical researcher, while the woman worked in accounting for several international airlines.
The road back to success and their former careers seems daunting. He faces recertification, a process that includes passing several tests and completing a residency in the US. She was struggling to build a network in the US where she could gain relevant experience. Both came to IRC as walk-in clients seeking employment services. “Please,” said the man, “I am studying all day in the library for my examinations. I need to interact with Americans so I can practice my English and learn the culture. I am willing to work as a cashier or sales person – any job!”
A few weeks later the IRC Atlanta employment team learned of two opportunities at the Home Depot headquarters in administration. We referred the two Iranians for the positions, they interviewed, and were both hired. He still has time to study at night and on the weekends while better integrating into American culture, and she is starting to build a professional network in the US. They are both very happy with their positions and very grateful for the opportunity to begin building their careers in America.