Seeking the American Dream: A Refugee Story
When Esteban Vargas arrived to Miami on April 16, 2010 with his mom and his 12 year old cat, he never thought he would be so happy to have left everything behind in Cuba.
He came to the IRC Miami office and was assisted by case worker Elena Gonzalez. From the very first time Elena explained to him and his mother that life in the United States was not easy but with perseverance and great attitude they could achieve their goals, Esteban listened to her words and knew right away that it wasn’t going to be easy, but he was determined to be a better person and to use his knowledge to the fullest.
In Cuba, he completed an Associates Degree in Information Technology and knew Basic English. With very little work experience, he knew that finding a job in America was going to be tough, especially in a time when Americans were having trouble finding entry-level positions. It was almost impossible for a new comer with no American work history to find a job. Esteban applied everywhere with no luck, finally an interview at Solair Group was set up and landing his first job assisting in the production department earning above minimum wage.
Two years later, Esteban’s future with Solair Group looks promising, not only has he gotten promoted but is also earning more. “I see myself reaching my goals and continue working as a team player” he says. I’m very happy where I am now and the fact that I can grow in a company, makes me want to work harder and harder”. “I might not own a house but this is my American dream, having a nice job, improving my English day by day and knowing I have the opportunity to do whatever I want, has no price” he adds.