From Nigeria to Cleveland!

I came to Cleveland from Nigeria in August 2010 and started my higher education at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). My first two years in the U.S was very tough, because I schooled in the U.K for two years before I moved here so I didn’t expect to experience a lot of culture shock. The American culture is very different from that of the Nigerian culture or even that of the U.K.

My first experience with culture shock in the States was riding the RTA bus to school every morning. It was a reliable way to get from point A to point B but I had to do a lot of waiting. Before riding the RTA I had familiarize myself with the transportation system. Another difficult adjustment for me was the weather. I thought I had experienced the cold when I was in the U.K but when winter arrived it was like nothing I had ever experienced.

I missed home a lot and wanted to go back home every day, but with time I got the hang of how things worked around the City of Cleveland. After spending two years at Tri-C I transferred to Kent State University (KSU) the summer of 2013 and majored in Journalism. The atmosphere at KSU was a lot different from that of Tri-C. At KSU I had an opportunity to make friends and be a part of different organizations as well as showcase my skills as an aspiring journalist. I learned every aspect of journalism at KSU such as radio, television and newspaper which gave me a feel of the world of journalism.

The year 2016 was a great year to be in Cleveland because I participated in all of the city’s accomplishments. While I interned at WOIO Channel 19 I worked with reporters to cover the Cavaliers Championship win and the Republican National Convention. I graduated from KSU August 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism. After a months of graduation I started working with WKYC Channel 3 and I am also excited to be a part of the Global Cleveland family. Working with Global Cleveland gives me the opportunity to work with other international students like myself, by helping them adapt to the Greater Cleveland area.

Although I had a tough time adapting to Cleveland, the city has given me a great opportunity to further my career. As an international student in the field of journalism I was worried I would not find a job, but staying focused has lead me to where I am today and it is a blessing. My journey in United States is proof that no matter where you go or where you come from you can make it as long as you believe in yourself and you know what you are fighting for.


Find Your Next Opportunity Online


The NEO Talent Exchange has launched – just in time to find your summer internship, co-op or job. The Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE) and Global Cleveland have partnered with WorkFountain to implement the cutting-edge matching technology. NEO Talent Exchange transforms the recruitment process and streamlines how employers and jobseekers connect with each other during the job and internship search process. Check it out: www.neotalentexchange.com

What makes this site different is the way it assesses the student or jobseeker’s skills and interests and matches them to the prospective employer. Global Cleveland President Joy Roller said, "NEO Talent Exchange is to the job-matching industry what eHarmony is to date-matching. The interests and personal profile of the intern or jobseeker are matched to the desires of the employer."
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Explore cool neighborhoods on bus tour


Get on the bus and explore cool neighborhoods in Cleveland. CLE City Life Tours are offered as an introduction (or re-introduction) to the city’s neighborhoods. They provide these tours to reveal the excitement happening in Cleveland and deliver valuable information about living here.

A CLE City Life Tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours. Primary neighborhood destinations include Ohio City, Tremont, Detroit Shoreway, Downtown, Midtown, University Circle and Little Italy – with many more neighborhoods referenced. A walking tour of a residential unit that is located within one of the feature neighborhoods is included. Transportation is provided. All riders receive the most recent copy of the LiveCLEVELAND! guide. Exact starting location will be confirmed prior to the tour date.

Tickets for CLE City Life Tours are $12 each and include a t-shirt.

Get Information on the Tours HERE

Reserve your seat for April tours through the links below:

10:00 am Sat April 11th

10:00 am Sat April 25th


Industry Spotlight: Engineering


The Cleveland Engineering Society (CES) is a non-profit professional development organization that provides speaker series and conferences, professional certification test review sessions, and networking and leadership opportunities to engineering and technical professionals across Northeast Ohio. In addition to professional development, CES has an active community outreach program that promotes interest in engineering and technology.

 
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Lubrizol: One of Greater Cleveland's Global Employers


David M. Barlaam, Tom Tomasula

Global Cleveland recognizes the critical economic and cultural contributions of immigrants and works hard to make newly arrived Cleveland area residents feel welcome in our communities. Currently, the organization is developing initiatives that will target retaining international students by connecting them to local employers. Our Talent Coordinators will provide resources for employers on hiring foreign-born talent, assistance to international jobseekers and training on cross-cultural issues that both employers and international applicants may experience during the hiring process.
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Immigrant Spotlight: Entrepreneur Cesar Sandoval


Entrepreneur Cesar Sandoval is the creator of EthnicQuest, an online advertising company that connects Cleveland-based ethnic and immigrant-owned businesses with anyone seeking international products or services. Explore EthnicQuest on Global Cleveland HERE.

Cesar Sandoval's family is originally from Spain, but he grew up in Mexico. He arrived in Cleveland with a student visa in 2001 to enter the MBA program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). After completing his MBA, he began working for a business consulting firm and was able to stay in the United States, first on an OPT (optional practical training) visa, then on a NAFTA visa offered to Canadian and Mexican citizens. In 2010, Cesar was granted permanent resident status. He spent five years at a consulting firm, followed by a stint at Lincoln Capital, before branching out on his own as a business consultant.
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MetroHealth Opens Innovative Language Access Center


To provide social and medical services to Cleveland residents in need of translation assistance MetroHealth will soon open a Language Access and Communication Center, which will provide medical and social services to Cleveland residents with limited English proficiency, hearing or sight impairments, and illiterate or low- literate native English speakers. Many organizations that provide social and medical services have interpreters available for assistance with language access. However, no other organization has a concierge center for individuals seeking language services. 
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NEED WORKERS? Start an internship program now.


Sherwin-Williams, Giant Eagle, Rockwell Automation, Lubrizol, First Energy and Parker Hannifin Corp. are some of the companies with the largest number of internship opportunities in the region per the February 2015 Ohio Means Jobs’ Internship report. This is great news. However, according to NOCHE (Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education) there are over 226,000 students in Northeast Ohio. These companies alone cannot offer enough internships to satisfy all the internships needed in our market.

There are many reasons to have an internship program, but perhaps the most telling is the fact that nationally employers made full-time offers to 64.8% of their interns. (According to the 2014 National Association of Colleges and Employers' (NACE) Internship and Coop Survey.

Internships.com provides these 10 reasons to have an internships program:
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Global Cleveland Hits the Road to Washington, D.C.


Cleveland-connected residents living in the Washington, D.C. area will get a taste of the jobs and growing industries available in Greater Cleveland on June 26th. Business and civic leaders will travel to D.C.'s National Press Club to spread the word that Cleveland has gone through some dramatic changes since many of them left. The hope is that after the young professional crowd hears what the Clevelanders have to say, some of them may want to come back to fill the open jobs and start new businesses in Northeast Ohio.KNOW SOMEONE IN DC? send them the invitation: HERE

REGISTER FOR THE JOB FAIR: HERE
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