The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Labor Department posted an increase in job employment of 271,000 in October 2015 (compared to 142,000 in September), cutting down the unemployment rate to 5%, the lowest so far since 2008. Investment experts are now speculating that the said healthy labor market may trigger Federal Bank’s or “Fed” (U.S. Central Bank) decision to raise interest rates sometime in December next month. For economists, an increase in interest rates would mean many things to the economy. There are pluses and minuses, there will be winners and losers, depending on which part of the … Continue reading A Strong US$ Makes “Mary” Happy!
For many, Thanksgiving Day is the most important holiday in the U.S. where Americans would take the holiday off and spend time with family and friends, catching up and enjoying their Thanksgiving turkey. I know right, Thanksgiving Day is not meant to give thanks to and hail immigrants, it is not Immigration Day! Hello??? However, millions of undocumented immigrants would have more reasons to celebrate this year’s Thanksgiving Day in view of President Obama’s unilateral decision pursuant to an executive order issued last week providing relief from deportation to about 5 million of undocumented immigrants (of which approximately 600,000 to … Continue reading A Happy Thanksgiving Meal to Millions of Undocumented Immigrants!
The Nobel Peace Prize is probably the most prestigious, well respected and much sought after honors among arts, sciences and humanitarian endeavors. For someone to be nominated by an influential and esteemed organization/individual and chosen by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, he/she must have done a magnificent job of re-creating something ordinary to extraordinary, leading smaller to greater things. Mother Teresa, Aung San Suu Kyi , Albert Einstein, Madame Curie, T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, and Nelson Mandela were some men and women from diverse backgrounds who luckily brought to their respective homes the said coveted award. Just like in the past, … Continue reading India and Pakistan Shares the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize!
The preceding blog on Migration, entitled “The New Wave of Immigrants in the U.S.” briefly discussed on why people emigrate. People move freely, transport out their families to other countries and look for better opportunities, if and when given the chance. It is their inherent right to travel to any place either for leisure or for exploration purposes, be it for business, employment or to build a new home. When people decide to move out to a new place, what they have in mind is a positive stance, that everything will fall into place, that it will make their lives … Continue reading “Making Waves” in Another Country: Is It Easy?
Update: Ana, who used to be my mentee in one of the non profit organizations based in NYC is no longer among the more than 10 million jobless Americans (BLS data shows a 6.7% unemployment rate as of April 2014). While she had learned to accept the stark reality that her acquired professional designation in her home country and the high-profile nature of her career did not open a wide range of career opportunities for her in the city like NYC, she did not rest and quit. Instead, she shared her knowledge by teaching special kids while doing her career … Continue reading The Saga of An Underemployed Immigrant: An Update
November 8, 2013 was that dreadful day when certain parts of the Philippine Islands particularly the region of Eastern Visayas was ravaged by super typhoon Haiyan (also known as “Yolanda”). Thousands of people perished and millions of families have been affected, majority of them were left with nothing, no more livelihood in fact, except for few pieces picked up after the typhoon and donated by generous individuals and other organizations. It has been 5 months since, and the victims are still struggling to cope with the consequences of the deluge, with the grief and its psychological and economic impact on … Continue reading Temporary Protected Status: Just A Temporary Relief!
It was a cool and gloomy day in March, just about the beginning of the autumn season in the “land down under”, when “Isabelle” had to cross the “Rubicon” and finally called it quits for her job, which she had learned to love and enjoy for so many years. WHY? That’s the big question mark! Yes, why such an abrupt decision to leave her job voluntarily at these precarious times? When she confided me about what happened in her workplace for the past several months, that was the only time I understand the rationality of her swift decision to end … Continue reading A Sad Encounter with a Psychopath!
Did you know that November is the National Family Caregiver Month? I really didn’t have any slightest idea that the entire month of November is dedicated for caregivers until LLS (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) forwarded an invitation regarding a symposium on related matters with medical practitioners of the Department of Social Work and the New York Hospital Queens (NYQH) attending the said event. The National Caregiver Month was primarily designed to honor the millions of caregivers throughout the globe, especially the women, who have persevered in their duties caring for sick loved ones, for people they don’t know from day … Continue reading Caregiving: An Underrated Job?
The Brain Drain phenomenon may have probably occurred even before the British Royal Society first coined the term to describe the flight of its intellectuals from England to the Americas. This would involve scientists and inventors like Joseph Priestly and Alexander Graham Bell who both originated from England but came to US to explore opportunities and expand their horizons But that was long ago when the world was still quite primitive and education system was scarce. However, with the present developments, particularly in science and technology and where education system can be offered anywhere, the brain drain issue may no … Continue reading Each Country Faces Brain Drain – Now, What?
Two months ago, I met Ana from Bulgaria in one of the mentor-mentee training sessions organized by a non-profit organization dealing with employment related issues. Ana has been here in the U.S. as an immigrant for 4 years now and is still looking for a “good” job in a dynamic city like NYC. I would say Ana is both academically competent and functionally well-equipped. She obtained her PhD in engineering and held senior technical job positions in the same and related fields in her homeland for many years. Her work experience is exceptional and she speaks German, English and her … Continue reading The Saga Of An Underemployed Immigrant: A Quest for Her Dream – Tips and Thoughts On The Impact Of The U.S. Bleak Job Scenario