Upkey - Fulfilling Dreams
When I was 17, I fled Iran and started my journey to the United States by way of Turkey and Germany. On a frigid winter eve in 2001, I finally arrived in Chicago to begin an unbelievable journey. I walked off the plane with $100 in my pocket — the sum of my possessions. By chance, I met someone at the airport who kindly helped me find my way to my new home. This person later became dedicated to my success and mentored me for many years to follow.
My first job out of college was at Exelon — a Fortune 100 company. During my time there, I captured the attention of a handful of leaders who saw potential in me. They began charting my path to success and coaching me on leadership skills, communication and helped me build the foundational blocks to becoming an entrepreneur.
Today, I’ve had the chance to embark upon a journey - one that’s been scary, inspiring and exciting - to fulfill my dreams. But I have come to realize that in the words of Dr. King, “too many dreams remain deferred.” For many of us, these dreams are those of our family members, those within our community, the people we’re grateful for being in this world. So many of these critical life-changing events will never happen or are simply left to luck.
And that’s why we started Upkey. We want to improve the odds — for everyone significantly so that deserving students across the country can fulfill their professional dreams similar to how I did. So they can do incredible and amazing things that benefit many.
We believe that access, opportunity, and knowledge must be democratized and that by delivering valuable content in an accessible and straightforward format, we can level the playing field and give everyone the shot they deserve.
The recent unfortunate events of Covid-19 has forced over 1.5 billion students from kindergarten to Doctoral programs transitioned into distance learning. This will leave millions of students stranded with a lack of internships and job opportunities. While this affects everyone, the impacts of such an event will be felt more significantly by first-gen, at-risk, low-income students who lack the social capital to fairly compete in the talent acquisition marketplace. We at Upkey, have decided to stay committed to our mission by offering 1000 new internships to these wonderful students.
I genuinely believe that there is no better time than the present to build this “community” and to empower young people to create and inspire themselves and all of us as they launch their dreams. I would love to welcome you to join us on this journey.
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Meet your online career guides
Meet Margo – Your Professional Branding Expert
Margo will help you craft a strong, memorable professional image that will serve you for life. She’ll also build you a custom digital portfolio that plays to your strengths and helps you market yourself at your next opportunity.
Meet Sam – The world’s best and funnest Resume Builder
A killer resume is a must. Sam will build you a top-notch resume and share secrets from top performers with you. Save yourself the headache of doing it alone, and let Sam help you get ahead.
Meet Gina – Your Elevator Pitch Coach
Gina’s pet peeve is bad storytelling and she knows the difference between an average and an amazing pitch better than anyone. If you’re ready to become pitch perfect, then it’s time to kick it with Gina.
Meet Jazz – Your Connector to Top Internships and Jobs
Jazz will give you exclusive access to top companies, internships, and job opportunities, plus a network of amazing mentors who will help you with your professional development.
We bring confidence and career readiness to all our students
Don’t just take our words for it.
Upkey simplifies professional readiness.
After hearing a couple of success stories from my friends, I decided to give Sam a shot. He taught me some different techniques to frame my professional experience and now my resume really shines. I feel like he helped me put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Now, I’m happy to say that this recent graduate is fully employed!
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Every student should have a winning resume, a confident elevator pitch and a strong professional brand. Every student should have access to their dream internships and jobs. We are here to make this happen.Start Now