IMMIGRATION STORIES: Mahade Wanjihar and Leslie Spillane

Sep 10, 2013

Many Californians have come here from somewhere else. In fact, the state has more immigrants than any other in the country. This week, we’re running a series of profiles of immigrants in the Bay Area. Today we meet a medical professional from India and a young woman from Ireland.

Mahade Wanjihar is from India but now lives in San Francisco. While he got a medical diploma in 2007 and practiced for a couple of years, he then moved out here. He wanted to get into a residency program but it has been tougher than he thought it would be.

MAHADE WANJIHAR: So I’ve been doing odd jobs. I work at a blood bank. I also work at a pathology lab, taking tissue samples and things like that. Right now I’m a cab driver, I drive with this community rent sharing program called Lyft.

Leslie Spillane left her home of Ireland in September but has been living in the Bay Area since January.

LESLIE SPILLANE: Finding a job was hard because I have no idea how to write a resume, like it’s different than at home. Or where to look for a job, what websites to look at, where to go for a job. And I have no idea about what to do if I don’t have a job, if I don’t find a job, if I run out of money, what resources are available, who to turn to for help. At home I would know where to go, or who to ask, but here I didn’t have a clue.