Credentials

Lesson 4: Topic 4 of 6

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For some professionals, it’s shocking to find that the career they have built in one country won’t transfer to a new place. This is sometimes the case in the medical profession, law, and education. Credential evaluation services help companies, universities, and licensing boards to make sense of different licenses, certifications, and degrees. 

You may have heard of H1-B visas, and they are in a different category altogether. Those visas are intended for specialty occupations that have limited qualified applicants in the U.S. These allow companies to actively seek out foreign workers with the appropriate education and experience. These include biotechnology, healthcare, education, and other science sectors.

When credentials don’t transfer here, resilience helps a great deal. While working with refugees, I once strove diligently to find some kind of medical employment for two sisters who had been doctors in Southeast Asia. Their MD credentials were not accepted in the United States, and so they relinquished the status and achievement they had known for factory jobs. They chose to remain completely outside the medical field, and eventually decided to be content to advance into factory management positions.

Likewise, a police officer from Eastern Europe was frustrated that he could not enter a city police academy, due to his lack of fluency in English. He struggled as an employee of a security company, but persevered in his dream to work in law enforcement in some way, some day. Eventually, his vision and determination paid off in an intriguing form. This determined man created his own security company in a different state, and is now one of the most successful entrepreneurs I personally know.