The JobUp: Program Information and Registration

Tiziana Rinaldi
The JobUp
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5 min readNov 28, 2021

Find the Right Work in the USA if You Are an Immigrant

by Tiziana Rinaldi

Photo credit Diara J. Townes. Graphic by

The JobUp is a work-readiness accellerator for internationally-educated newcomers to the USA who want to relaunch professionally and achieve career success.

Learn “what you don’t know that you don’t know,” and turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones! ~

Fall semester 2023: Tuesday, Sept. 19 — Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Register here. Scroll down for more information about the program.

Almost one in four internationally-educated newcomers to the U.S. make a living with jobs that don’t match their credentials (e.g. driving, cleaning, busing tables, and so on), according to data published by the Migration Policy Institute.

The phenomenon is called immigrant skill under-utilization and is the reason I created The JobUp, a work-readiness accelerator that fills the information needs of professionals who are new to the U.S. labour market.

If you are either looking for employment, or skill-appropriate work, The JobUp is for you.

Click here to start enrollment. (Asylees or refugees can apply here)

Participants access the knowledge and the mentoring they need to navigate the labor market and succeed as new Americans.


“The JobUp is a perfect course to walk you through the American work culture. I am an HR specialist and always considered it necessary to understand the job market of the country where you want to apply for jobs. Tiziana gives you a profound experience of getting to know all the rules and steps one must take to find work matching your expectations. Opportunities don’t happen, you create them!” ~ Asia Rutyna-Tonesi, 2022

“Without The JobUp I would have never landed the job I wanted! During the course, I received all the resources, the support, and the confidence I needed to stand out among other candidates and get a job offer I was dreaming of. The JobUp has taken me from career potential to career success, giving me a sense of personal and professional achievement that I have never experienced before.” ~ Chiara Cescon, 2022

“I took The JobUp and it changed my life. It taught me everything I needed to know to achieve my career goals.” ~ Roberta Tarsitano

“Thank you Tiziana, I’ll never forget this experience!” ~ Tommaso Filippi

Upcoming semester: Tuesday, Sept. 19 — Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Weekday and Time: Tuesdays, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm ET on Zoom.

Description: The JobUp is an immersive, college-level continuing education course. Participants come away with a concrete understanding of the American job-seeking process, and with actionable skills that move them from career potential to career success.

The curriculum follows evidence-based methodologies to boost confidence, gain job-seeking skills, expand linguistic and cultural competencies through a customized curriculum. Students engage in a safe and supportive environment.

Course tuition: To inquire about the tuition for the upcoming semester send me an email at:

Pro-bono work continues especially with asylees and refugees.

Refund policy: There are no refunds, only credit, after the course begins.

Click here to start enrollment.

Unique features of The JobUp:

A) Impactful curriculum that equips participants with the actionable skills and the confidence they need to dispel anxiety and find meaningful employment.

B) Guest speakers who contribute expertise and engage with students in live Q&As.

B) Personalized local/nation career integration resources.

C) Individual mentoring, and weekly follow-ups with the teacher.

Requirements for enrollment, after completing the language test

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Advanced English level. Be determined to boost your professional language skills. Applicants need to provide a writing sample with the registration form.
  • Be on time and committed to attending the weekly classes.
  • Schedule a brief phone conversation to complete the language evaluation.
  • Be able to access the Zoom class from a computer — either a laptop or a desktop. Using a mobile device is not recommended.

Click here to start enrollment.

How I created The JobUp

Immigrant skill under-utilization is a reality in the U.S. Over the years I kept asking myself, “How can I tell fellow new Americans that they need a map to navigate the American job market?”

Furthermore, “how can I fill an information gap that they don’t know they have?”

In 2019, at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, where I specialized in information products for immigrant communities, I designed The JobUp.

I polled hundreds of internationally educated immigrants — paradoxically mostly Ukrainians and Russians, with additional cohorts of Turkish and Italians — who felt invisible as professionals in the States.

By then, I had years of occupational experience, and engaged with dozens of other foreign-educated immigrants. I also had the advantage of being an immigration journalist, which gave me access to many experts and their work.

I intentionally structured the program as a continuing education course. My vision was to deliver information that would equip my immigrant students for success while giving them the added experience of an academic format. Indeed, acquaintance with an instructional setting can benefit those who decide to study in the U.S. down the road.

In eight lessons, The JobUp teaches how to navigate the American job market through contextualized English-language classes and employment orientation resources. Participants expand their vocabulary and learn the nuances of the workplace culture in the U.S.

The JobUp is part of the Global Talent Leadership Network, a professional immigrant integration incubator run by World Education Services.

The JobUp’s students

They are formally educated immigrant professionals (teachers, lawyers, creatives, pharmacists, psychologists, artisans, marketers, and others), who want to find good jobs for their qualifications and career aspirations.

The JobUp is a work-readiness accelerator, not a job-placement service

Click here to start enrollment.

How I got here! My professional background

Tiziana Rinaldi. Photo credit: Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

I am an engagement journalist and educator specializing in filling information gaps that guide the full socio-professional development of new Americans.

As an award-winning journalist, I served as a national correspondent for Global Nation, the immigration desk of and PRI The World (now, and held staff positions at ABC News, Lightworks Producing Group, RAI-Radio Televisione Italiana, and the U.S. Bureau of the national Italian newspaper Il Messaggero.

I have a Master of Business Administration from the Università degli Studi di Perugia, Italy, and a Master of Engagement Journalism from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

Click here to start enrollment.

Questions? Contact me at



Tiziana Rinaldi
The JobUp

Community engagement journalist specializing in the professional integration of foreign-educated immigrants. MBA, MA Engagement Journalism. @TizianaSRinaldi