The JobUp: Free Workshops for Foreign-Educated Immigrants in Midtown!

The JobUp: Free Workshops for Foreign-Educated Immigrants in Midtown!

Register hereHave you heard of doctors or engineers driving taxis? It happens a lot! Nearly 2 million foreign-educated immigrants in the U.S. make a living by driving, cleaning offices or busing tables. If you are one them, or are unemployed, my program is for you.

I’m a professional journalist and a veteran of the immigration experience in the U.S. I know what it takes to find a good job or relaunch a career as a newcomer. That’s why I created The JobUp, a dual-track, weekly workshop series to introduce foreign-educated immigrants like you to career integration resources.

This project is my practicum at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. The workshops are 3-hour long and free to participants. Sign up here now, space is limited!  

Each session consists of:

  • An English-language portion to boost your confidence, communication skills, accent and vocabulary as well as an understanding of U.S. work culture.
  • A guest-speaker series with a short Q&A. Experts will explain specific topics such as identifying stepping-stone jobs, writing a good U.S. resume or learning how to interview well.

Because space is limited, we need to make sure that you are a malemployed immigrant, which means you are either underemployed or unemployed. Participants need to arrive timely to class and be committed to learning. Participants who complete The JobUp course successfully will get a certificate of attendance.

When: Friday evenings starting September 20, through October 25, 2019.

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, 219 West 40th Street, 3rd floor, Room 308, New York, NY 10018.

Directions: Come to W. 40th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Look for the black “Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism” flags on the building.

Read some of my past coverage about immigrant malemployment. Here’s Muhammed’s story, a former bio-medical engineer from Turkey, and Clara a former pharmacist from Colombia.  

Meet The JobUp Team:

Please meet Joye Dawkins,our fantastic ESL teacher! She isa successful, Jamaican-born international banker who lives and works in New York City. Joye has traveled to more than 35 countries and is fluent not only in English — which she speaks with both a British and U.S. pronunciation — but also in French and Spanish. Yes, she can help you improve your accent and pronunciation if necessary.

Joye holds a Master’s degree with honors from Hunters College in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). She views teaching English as a way of empowering others to achieve their goals — goals that include gainful employment and a better standard of living. She brings her years of professional practice to the multicultural classrooms, where she fosters a positive learning environment. A lover of travel and the arts, Joye enjoys singing with a New York-based choir that tours the world.

And here’s a bit more about me, your host. Tiziana Rinaldi is a longtime New Yorker who moved to the city from Italy in the 1990s. She is pursuing a master’s degree in social journalism at CUNY’s Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, where she is focusing her work on malemployed, foreign-educated immigrants.

They are the underpaid and underemployed newcomers for whom The JobUp workshops are designed — those who cannot find adequate job placement because of socio-structural barriers to integration into the U.S. 

Tiziana is an award-winning journalist whose credits include reporting for Global Nation, the immigration desk of and PRI The World; covering family topics for Courier-Life Publications/News Corp.; and holding staff positions at ABC News, Lightworks Producing Group, RAI-Radio Televisione Italiana and the U.S. Bureau of the national Italian newspaper Il Messaggero. She has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Perugia in her native Italy.

Fill in this from to register for the workshop series.

If you have any questions, or would you like to help with the workshops, please email me at I look forward to meeting you!


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