Despite his visa application being rejected over 10 times, my guest this week found his way to the states and is currently holding the position of associate dean at the College of Business at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM). Dr. Mohamad Oskoorouchi migrated from Iran with the dream of joining Rutgers University but found his way to G…… Montreal at 25. Dr. Oskoorochi’s determination to materialize his dream was inspiring and his resilience and focus continue to inspire his students and staff.
As a coach supporting immigrants in their career endeavors, I have seen confidence to be one of the major obstacles in the growth of my clients. As a successful immigrant and educator, Dr. Oskoorouchi shared an important insight into how immigrants can build their confidence: accepting and admitting to their mistakes.
“You should never be afraid of admitting that you were wrong. I think that gives you confidence. I make a lot of mistakes. Every day, I make lots and lots of mistakes. But I’m never ashamed of apologizing. I do it even publicly. I’ve sent emails to the entire university apologized for something I said in a senate meeting, for example.