So I'm about to be a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, and as I'm trying to get my life started, I get a very hard slap of a reality check. A reality check that informs me that I may never get employed.
My friends and I are from Nigeria, located in West Africa. We decided to come over to the United States to further our education, yet after 3-4 years of hard work and dedication, we may not even be employed.
My friends were Pre-med and BioE students, who graduated with 3.8 GPA's from a very accredited four-year institution, months ago, and yet are still unemployed. They have had so many prospects and interviews and callbacks, however with the slight mention of being a non-citizen, they get rejected. These are people who have been told that coming to America would be a game changer, a path to success. These are girls who have worked super hard for the past four years to get their great GPA's and gain extensive experience so that they can be employed and start a career. However, a less qualified applicant always gets the job, because it is 'more convenient for the company' to hire a citizen than a legal immigrant.
In my case, I'm a senior Supply Chain Management and Marketing double major. I'm a hardworking, driven and very dedicated person, who is beginning to wonder if working hard is even worth it anymore. I have had several internships with great companies and a great GPA. However, I'm beginning to wonder if all the hard work doesn't always pay off?
I have begun my application process for all the companies that I would love to work for post-graduation, but the more I do my research and the more I speak to people, I see my list getting smaller and smaller every day. I graduate next year and don't know what to do or where to start from.
I'm hoping the lovely ladies from Mogul can give a terrified college senior some advice on what to do because things are just looking too rough right now.
Thank you so much.
Ps. I'm not saying that qualified American candidates should not be given positions. I simply believe everyone, qualified, should be given an equal shot at employment.