Professional Profile: Mustafa Akailvi

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Talent From Afar

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 Mustafa Akailvi, a bright and outspoken professional born in India, made it all the way from Arkansas to attend the 2017 GTRI/NACSAE Career Fair. This remarkable individual has conquered many challenges in search of work, and his family back in India is noticeably proud of his accomplishments thus far. Not only does he hold a Master’s degree in Systems Engineering, but he also has the type of sociable personality necessary for high-tempo, communication-reliant career fields such as engineering. Employers such as Aerotek were able to share in the experience with Mustafa, a conversation he recalls being insightful and enlightening.

Mustafa attributes the success of his many interactions to his level of preparedness; by keeping a physical copy of a project he accomplished, employers were able to witness firsthand evidence of innovation. By giving concrete examples of his ability to design physical parts and abstract systems, he certainly stood out in the eyes of many employers. One thing he plans to modify for the next career fair is to have an even more extensive portfolio of projects, as there is always room for improvement when in a competitive environment. His most critical piece of advice for students is, when talking to employers, be as specific as possible in discussing learned concepts and achievement. This is because a prospective candidate’s main goal is to stand out amongst the rest of the talent pool.

Mustafa is thankful that the GTRI/NACSAE Career Fair was specifically geared toward international students, an aspect that he feels is quite rare in most other American job search events. He now has internalized the employment needs of companies in Michigan and emphasizes that moving to Metro Detroit is certainly on the table. We wish Mustafa the best of luck and commend him for his journey!
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Student Profile: Alex Stojkovski

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Virtuous Volunteering

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We had the pleasure of including my good friend Alex Stojkovski, an accomplished Macedonian student, in our volunteer group during the 2017 GTRI/NACSAE Career Fair recently. He was quick on his feet to learn the event’s operations, meanwhile absorbing GTRI’s philosophy of international student inclusion. I knew his heart was in the right place as soon as he began interacting with the students and employers. Although newly familiar with our organization, Alex has been involved with the immigrant community since his parents’ arrival to the United States over two decades ago. His goal was to formally participate in an event that benefits our international community, so our Career Fair was naturally the perfect opportunity to spring into action.
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“I grew up in a bilingual home and always appreciated belonging to American and Macedonian culture. It has enriched my outlook on life, and I felt that now was the time to give back”, says Alex. He notes that the international students’ level of perseverance and dedication to career advancement was “simply inspiring” and hopes to apply the same degree of ambition to his own job search upon graduation. “These students refuse to quit, even though they face tremendous legal, time-related, and financial challenges to remain scholars in the United States”, he adds. “If you want to witness how competitive international talent is, speak to any one of the hundreds of Thursday’s participants. You will be amazed”.

Volunteers like Alex are the types of individuals that not only donate time to a progressive cause, but also provide our organization with a fresh and unique outlooks on our functionality. Therefore, we took pride in his thoughtful review and look forward to his participation in the next GTRI event.

If you are interested in a volunteering opportunity, please send a letter of interest to GTRI@globaldetroit.com.
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Quicken Loans Meet and Greet

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QUICKEN LOANS MEET AND GREET

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On Friday, February 24, nine GTRI international graduate students were given a grand tour of the Quicken Loans offices in downtown Detroit. Quicken’s Jordan Truesdale and her team assembled a day filled with activities which included a special tour of their office buildings, an enlightening panel discussion, and one-on-one interviews where they competed for coveted spots in the organization’s summer internship program. The tour included three downtown Detroit buildings. They were really impressed with the design center in the lower level of the Chrysler House where they discovered a life-sized horse, which was actually a lamp. The lampshade was a dead giveaway! The old bank safe converted into a conference room was another fun find! The tour ended at the Compuware Building where they settled into one of the conference rooms for lunch and the panel discussion. The students were fascinated as four Quicken employees shared their experiences and talked about why they love working there. “I love the casual atmosphere and the camaraderie among the staff,” said one young woman. All four panelists strongly stressed how much they felt valued. One went on to say he felt his ideas and suggestions were taken seriously. And a young woman said that one of hers had even been turned into a new and improved procedure for her department. The students entered into a dialogue with the panelists and asked more questions about working at the company. The students were then ushered into rooms where individual interviews were conducted. GTRI was thrilled to collaborate with Quicken to give our talented international students the opportunity to intern at this dynamic organization for the summer. We look forward to working with them in the future.

We were able to obtain a firsthand account of the event from the students’ perspectives as well. Their personal backgrounds have certainly influenced decisions to participate in Detroit’s vibrant community through engagement with Quicken Loans. Akshata Shireesh Nayak, a student originally from India, became immersed in American culture during August 2016 along with family members. At University of Michigan-Dearborn, Akshata is quickly becoming an expert in Computer Science/Engineering while on the path to obtaining a Master’s degree. As a current Research Assistant, combined with extensive technical experience in data analytics and logic, meeting with Quicken appeared to be a very natural option and opportunity. Throughout her searching, Akshata acknowledges that LinkedIn and other career-building sites are indispensable tools for young professionals, but in-person events such as the Quicken meeting are equally relevant.

Shikha Jain, another Indian national, also had the pleasure of attending Quicken’s Meet and Greet. Four years ago, Shikha and her family started new lives in the United States where she continued to grow professionally as an IT/Management Master’s student through Oakland University. She encourages individuals on the job market to stay vigilant until the best option at the moment is found; thankfully, GTRI helped Shikha bridge the gap between skills and aspirations by helping obtain an interview with Quicken. This helped her gain more company exposure and witness the inner workings of a Detroit economic powerhouse.
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Employer Profile: Fakhoury Global Immigration

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Author: Nikita S. Petrovskiy, GTRI/Global Detroit
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“Fakhoury Global Immigration has long been a friend of the international community.”
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Many say that ultimate happiness is when you master something you love, then find a way to make a living from it. This is the impression we received after attending the Employer Legal Workshop at Fahoury Global Immigration, founded by Mr. Rami Fakhoury. These individuals exuded dedication, hospitality, and unparalleled instruction when addressing employers’ concerns and elaborating on our country’s immigration dynamics. Likewise, it was enlightening to witness so many employers that truly value their international talent and wish to preserve workforce diversity within their respective organizations. This event provided an overview of current immigration laws, explored pathways through which one can still hire international professionals, and prepared employers for future legislations.

I had the pleasure of discussing a variety of contemporary immigration topics with two of Fakhoury’s most experienced attorneys, Tracy Schauff and Melissa Winkler. Their analysis of present policies and their ability to put many rumors to rest created a useful picture that both international students and employers can benefit from. In terms of functionality, the current administration’s Executive Orders have actually had a minimal effect on Fakhoury’s daily operations. Their workload remains strong with the exception of intermittent phone calls from concerned clients. Aside from a slight increase in individuals filing for permanent residency and the need for a degree of preemptive legal action, Fakhoury is visibly capable of handling today’s morphing legal environment.
Keeping all of these issues in mind, Schauff encourages students to still apply for the existing F-1 Visa program as long as a “long-term” plan is devised; while the legal rules are relatively simple, individuals must understand that their admission/denial of entry into the U.S. is entirely up to the discretion of a given agency. Therefore, prepare to show commitment, foresight, and positive qualifications; this is the best course of action for a potential international student/employee and will maximize your chances of clearing the vetting process. As for employers, Winkler acknowledges that while concerns have arisen about the stability of STEM-OPT hires, realistically the process has not become any more difficult and businesses wishing to bring aboard international talent may still certainly do so, but proper care and attention must be given to the process.
Surprisingly, much of the necessary information for a successful visa application/hiring process can be found online, but one must only trust state-sponsored websites, because blogs with unprofessional advice can severely mislead an applicant. Fakhoury still recognizes that some legal situations may require a bit of external support, whether this is from professional counsel or even intermediaries such as GTRI/Global Detroit which can direct one towards the help they need. At times, attorneys can even provide free answers to small questions, but are required to charge compensation if it evolves into a more time-consuming project.
If all legal, credential, and personal aspects of an applicant are favorable, there is still a fiscal element to consider before committing to a long-term migration. With international hires, the entire financial burden falls on the employer. On the other hand, it is sometimes possible to receive university scholarships or state aid specifically for tuition. Generally, none of these funds come from the federal government unless a refugee status is claimed upon entry.
Overall, Fakhoury Global Immigration has long been a friend of the international community. This group has played a significant role in Detroit’s development as a tolerant metropolis by educating employers on how to hire foreign professionals. Businesses are regularly equipped with the knowledge and network required, but also made aware of the economic benefit of international migrants to the community and the area’s organizations. In this way, Fakhoury Law and GTRI/Global Detroit are actually quite similar and have intersecting goals; both are heavily involved in the dissemination of knowledge and bridge the informational gap between employers and international scholars, but achieving the American dream ultimately depends on the perseverance of the immigrant.
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