Cultural transition, identity crisis and challenges of a foreign professional
Most of the time, we talk about immigrants like those who have come to this country without documents, illegally; individuals who, regarding all inconveniences, make a life in United States. However, what about the people who immigrated legally, and made a professional career in their countries, and living here do not find the opportunity to develop their talent. Is the adaptation process or the cultural transition simpler for these people? The answer to this matter is complicated, and yet even more difficult than most of us think. The people who have been through an immigration process and concluded it successfully have their own problematic thoughts, suffering of cultural psychosis and environmental change, provoking a decrease in their intellectual capacity. The professional level of education is distorted when the American schools question the preparation of the foreign student, since the requirements to continue education or expedite a similar professional degree seem complicated. How can they make the transition to the professional job market and be competitive? What are the guidelines? What is the role of the bilingualism in the professional success? The human being is born inside a society and culture that transmits beliefs, traditions and values that facilitate his interpersonal relationships, but the immigrant has to face a different culture and the fact that this culture regulates his life from now on. Therefore, if the individual wants to succeed in his profession he must accept the new culture and adjust to it. An obstacle of such professional development would be the language barrier, or if the person has some linguistic knowledge, being bilingual will help him to be successful. Furthermore, having a foreign qualified background and speaking two languages does not always mean you will have a granted opportunity, because foreign individuals have not proven their skills in the U.S. job market. Second, it is precisely because this market is totally opposed to the Latin-American. And third, the accent plays an important role that could have a positive or negative connotation depending on the type of position individuals are applying for. Consequently, the challenges that the foreign professional has to combat day by day might weaken his/her hope of a better future, perhaps will make him/her question their own skills, expectations and goals. The global market has proved, more than once, the efficiency of investing in highly qualified individuals from other countries. Companies all over the world see in them the opportunity to grown business through the cultural approach.