IRC San Diego Helps Refugee Professionals Resume Their Careers
IRC San Diego has a new program to help refugees move beyond their first entry level job. Many of our clients were professionals in their country, including doctors, architects, and engineers, and want to resume their careers in the US. Many professions require certifications. Newly arrived refugees need help identifying the steps necessary to become certified and they also my need financial assistance to pay for the test(s). After finding an entry level job, they now may work with IRC to re-establish their careers in the US.
IRC San Diego recently launched the Career Development Program with funding from the San Diego Women's Foundation and the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Services include creating an individualized career development plan, providing trainings to navigate the U.S. education system, and providing vocational education loans. The Career Development Program will assist 80-120 refugees over the next 18 months to gain the skills and certifications they need to enter professional careers and provide them with self-sufficiency and economic sustainability.
For more information, contact Thuba Nguyen at Thuba.Nguyen@theIRC.org.
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