/ Asked by Indira
I am finally a permanent resident, after I came to the US early this year. I had my international education credentials (a bachelor's degree in process engineering) and that my GPA is 2.7. I have experience (internship, government job and miscellaneous) but all from my home country. How good are my choices here? Should I look for a entry-level job, recent graduate, internship, co-op type of job? My English is very good but I still make silly mistakes, and since is been some time since I graduated, and had a job (I've been able to be homemaker since my husband makes good money). I feel I could use some advice. What resources can I use to refresh my skills? What do you recommend I pursue career wise?
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
It sounds like an exciting time in your life! If you are looking to get some practical applications to help you with your English skills and also on your technical skills; then I would highly recommend this website: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/   it has everything that you will need to brush up on English skills, technical abilities, and job hunting tips. You have a great degree and many companies will find your international experience, education, and bilingual abilities to be very desirable. Many companies are global and place a high value on diversity and would welcome someone with your unique background into their business very fast! I would recommend searching for an entry level position, I do not think you will have problems securing one, but be sure that you are submitting 30 applications a day! I wish you all the best in your search! 
Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Thursday, October 30, 2014
This is definitely a time of great transition for you! I’ll tackle this inquiry in two parts.

I think you probably want to start by building confidence in your English skills, and work to secure a more comfortable familiarity with both written and verbal communication. This will help you to feel more capable and assertive during each phase of the job searching process, and also increase your chances of having successful interactions with hiring teams.

Have you looked into networking or conversational groups in your area, for ESL learners? Many colleges and community organizations offer free classes, even for advanced students like yourself. You may also find volunteer opportunities where you can practice your English skills, and perhaps even tutor or mentor others.

I lived abroad for about a year, and found that by joining a social group comprised of other non-native residents, I was able to really elevate my conversational skills in an environment which was challenging and yet friendly. I also found a non-profit to join, and volunteered with young children, who were quick to alert me when I said something wrong, or pronounced something incorrectly. Perhaps you could find a similar group to join, or something to become involved with locally, which would provide a comfortable space in which to practice your skills?

In terms of what to pursue career-wise, I wonder if your best bet may be to complete (or audit) a class with a local college, in order to gain access to their Career Services Department. This will also give you a refresher on your chosen profession, and force you to think about the relevant concepts and topics in English. It will also give you an opportunity to practice your vocabulary and written skills, too. If this is something that interests you, and you decide to enroll in a class somewhere, I would highly recommend that you meet with both an academic counselor as well as a career counselor at their institution.

An academic counselor can likely advise you on which specific courses will upgrade your skills and make you a more compelling and competitive candidate for this field, even if you do not want to complete any additional degrees at this time. They can also help you find college resources to help with your English. A career counselor can help you network, and point you in the direction of co-op and work-study opportunities either on, or off-campus. They can also help you to determine which professional and industry organizations are worth joining, and help you connect to the professors with the greatest chances of assisting you.
Answered by Heather, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, November 13, 2014
Congratulations!
You have lots of options in the US. Possibilities are endless.
My advice is to start with your English skills. Nell’s website is a good start or you can take classes your local community college. The career centers at community college can help advise you on your options with internships / co-op’s.
Since you have education in process engineering, I would go in that direction if you like that field of work. You already have the knowledge & insights that can contribute to your career here in the US.

I wish you the best!
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