Our story – How did it all start ?
Our story began in summer of 2018 in College Park, Maryland. 2 just graduated immigrant students from CMU and UMCP met as sublease flatmates in a tiny, dirty apartment. Their struggles of being unemployed along with visa restrictions to chase their dream careers and challenges to get interview calls brought them together chatting in the common kitchen area about ideas on how to find relevant professional employment in the United States. What strategies work? What do not work? When is the best time to reach out to recruiters ? Are Sunday afternoons the best time to be on LinkedIn reaching out for referrals? Is it useful to keep an Excel database of applications? How soon to follow up ?
Amongst uncertainty and cloud of doubt/questions about their future, there was birth of the very rudimentary “Job Hacks” sessions which was conducted on Skype every Thursdays to discuss the hustle of job search journeys with other fellow immigrant students. It was like one blind leading the other haha..
Eventually both these students went on to land their dream roles at top notch organizations, but the urge to help others in the same boat as them was persistent in their minds by providing effective tools and meaningful connections.
After several brainstorming sessions and getting onboard a strong team of like-minded people from various domains like Product Management, Data Science, UX Design, Social Impact and HR management, who were driven by the same passion of helping fellow immigrant students to find their professional jobs , we are now collectively called “The Immigrant Project” (TIP).
From basic job hacks, the product portfolio expanded over 2019 to various dimensions like “Show & Tell Series”, “AMA-Ask me Anything” and our latest offering “The Immigrant Masterclass”. We are also engaging in social impact initiatives in India under a project called “TIP4Change”. We are a non-profit organization and have so far conducted close to 15 webinar sessions impacting and empowering close to 250+ students and we are still counting…