Success Stories

05 Aug

Building the Foundation to Your Dream Job

Name: Ghulam Sakhi Fikrat Profession/Industry: Electrical Engineering Current U.S. Position and Company Name: Electrical Designer, DC Engineering Country of Origin: Afghanistan Education: Bachelor of Science, Power Supply Engineering, Kabul Polytechnic University, Kabul, Afghanistan First Job in the U.S.: Parking Lot Attendant, ParkBOI Story Author: Global Talent volunteer, Alisa Bondurant On September 11, 2001, Ghulam was 12 years old and living in Jaghori, a small village in Afghanistan when the World Trade Center was bombed and the war in Afghanistan officially began. Ghulam’s life would forever be...

03 Aug

REFUGEES ARE ASSETS

Name: Fredrick Shema Profession: Law Current U.S Position and Company Name: Youth Specialist, International Rescue Committee Education: International Studies, minor in Economics, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho First Job in U.S: Security Officer Story Author: Global Talent volunteer, Bhumika Dahal Photo Credits: Fredrick Shema Fredrick was only 15 years old when his family had the opportunity to start their lives over from scratch. His family resettled in the United States from a refugee camp in Uganda, after fleeing genocide in Rwanda. He is compassionate, resilient, and hopeful...

28 Jan

CONTINUE TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS & YOU’LL FIND SUCCESS!

Name: Daiana da Croce Profession/Industry:  Legal Current U.S. Position and Company Name: Legal Assistant, Quane Jones McColl Country of Origin: Brazil Education: Brazilian Law Degree  First Job in the U.S.: Legal Assistant I received my law degree, obtained my bar license and worked for more than 6 years as an attorney in Brazil. Prior to becoming a fully licensed attorney, I worked as a Legal Assistant and as a Parliamentary Assistant for the City Council. Before coming to the U.S. I was a solo practitioner with more than 12 years...

19 Nov

CONTINUING TO LEARN IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS

Name: Yannick Sana Profession: Accounting and Finance Current U.S. Position and Company Name: Accounting Clerk, Balsam Brands, Boise, ID Education: M.A. Public Finance, Kinshasa, DR Congo; B.A. Economic Science and Management, Lubumbashi, DR Congo First Job in U.S.: Direct Care Giver, Tomorrow’s Hope, Boise, ID Story Author:  Kim Eckman Photo Credits: City of Boise When Yannick Sana arrived in the United States on September 29, 2016 from the Democratic Republic of Congo, he was fulfilling a lifelong dream. What he did not imagine was the uncertainty that...

30 Oct

“He who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it.”

Name: Olive Buluma Current U.S. Position and Company Name: OEM Business Analyst Intern at HP, Inc. Country of Origin: Kenya Education: BA, International Business Administration, Kampala International University, Uganda First Job in USA: Room Attendant at the Marriott Courtyard Olive Buluma was the GTI Alumna honoree at the 2018 Careers for Change Celebration. Below is a summary of her speech. “GTI has been instrumental in helping skilled immigrants and refugees reclaim their careers, and in helping Idaho employers retain the diverse talent that comes into our...

12 Jun

If I Can Do It, So Can You!

Name: Richard Dario Zavaleta Casillas Profession/Industry: Banking Current U.S. Position and Company Name: Microfinance Coordinator, Economic Opportunity, a program of Jannus, Inc. Country of Origin: Peru Education: B.S. in Business Administration, Universidad Catolica Santa Maria, Peru; Certificate in Administration and Finance Management, Universidad Catolica San Pablo – Peru First Job in U.S.: Research Intern, Figure 8 Investment Strategies, Boise I am from a small fishing village called “Puerto de Ilo” on the Pacific Coast of Southern Peru. I was the first in my family to attend university and with...

14 Feb

Perseverance Brings Success in Meeting Goals

Name: Cuihong He Profession/Industry: Accountant Current U.S. Position and Company Name: Accountant at Brothers Express LLC Country of Origin: China Education: BBA in Accountancy at Boise State University; BS in Chinese at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangdong, China First Job in U.S.: Assistant Manager, Golden Palace Restaurant Story Author: Sue Miller As you can see from Cuihong’s recent photo, she has an infectious smile! We met recently at a Boise public library to discuss this success story and it became apparent she has a warm personality to go with her engaging smile. Cuihong came...

24 Jan

Embracing New Challenges Brings Robotics Career to Life

Name: Sergii Tytar Profession/Industry: Electromechanical Engineer Current U.S. Position and Company Name: Robotics Technician at Versabuilt Country of Origin: Ukraine Education: MS Electromechanical Engineering, National Aviation University in Kyiv, Ukraine First Job in U.S.: Robotics Technician at Versabuilt Story Author: Lori Ode Sergii Tytar, an Electromechanical Engineer, worked in the aviation and automotive industry in Ukraine for over 20 years. As a lead engineer, he helped reconstruct the engine control system of the world’s largest aircraft. In 2016, political and religious unrest caused Sergii to leave his job...

06 Nov

The Route of Success from My Home Country to the USA

Name: Severin Safari Nyamuroha Profession/Industry: Teacher Current U.S. Position and Company Name: English Learning Support Specialist, Taft Elementary in Boise, ID Country of Origin: Democratic Republic of the Congo Education: Bachelor’s degree in Education – National Pedagogic University, D.R.Congo and Master’s degree in social work – Newman Institute of Kigoma, Tazania First Job in U.S.: Retail store clerk at TJ Maxx Story Author: Self-written by Severin Nyamuroha Born in the Central-Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo during the decline of the colonial period, I am the product of...

25 Aug

A not-so-mock Interview

Name:  Biruk Woldesenbet Profession/Industry: Banking Current U.S. Position and Company Name: Teller, U.S. Bank Country of Origin: Ethiopia Education: Bachelor of Science in Accounting First Job in U.S.: Gift shop cashier Story Author: Jennifer Fredrick, U.S. Bank’s public affairs and communications team It’s normal to feel nervous on a job interview. Will I say the right things? Do I know enough about the job? Will I make a good impression? Imagine interviewing in a different country. Biruk Woldesenbet doesn’t have to imagine. Woldesenbet, who left Ethiopia last...