New York is an exciting but at times overwhelming city to explore. To help resettled families familiarize with their new home city, the IRC in New York has partnered with TripAdvisor to visit New York City landmarks and experiences. This April, the IRC’s Career Program brought our Microsoft Training cohort on a trip to the Empire State Building to celebrate their training achievement.
The IRC in NY’s Career Program offers short-term vocational trainings to build clients’ skillsets and increase competitive positioning in the NYC job market. The goal of career programming initiatives is to lead to further career development beyond first or second employment opportunities so that refugee, asylee, and immigrant economic empowerment clients can progress further in their chosen fields.
The IRC in NY’s Microsoft Office certification training was held in two parts. First, clients participated in a weeklong in-house basic computer literacy training to ensure they were prepared for certfication training. Following their IRC-based preparation, clients were referred to an external partner, SUNY ATTAIN Lab GMHC, for a four-week Microsoft Office Specialist Certification. During the four week program, clients also returned to the IRC in NY every Friday for job readiness and financial literacy workshops.
At the end of the training, clients received both a participation certificate from the IRC as well as an accredited certification from Microsoft. On the last day of the training, the students visited the Empire State Building for a field trip to celebrate the end of their training! These students chose the program in an effort to improve computer skills and apply for higher level administrative jobs.
The visit to the Empire State Building was a special commemoration of the clients’ commitment to their own career development and the IRC’s investment in career programming. Eleven clients, interns, and staff visited the Empire State Building, representing eleven countries including Guinea, Chad, Venezuela Iraq, and Bangladesh. The IRC in NY is excited to integrate our partnership with TripAdvisor not only as a resource but a reward for the exceptional commitment of IRC clients to bettering their longterm career prospects.
Clients are still receiving IRC in NY services for job referrals, career counseling, and interview preparation as they look to capitalize on their new skillsets. A few clients are even being referred for more advanced vocational trainings to specialize in certain fields. The IRC in NY is continuing to develop and implement new career development opportunities to best realize refugee, asylee, and immigrant potential in NYC’s diverse workforce.
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