Today is International Women’s Day and Tania has a message for women across the world to “follow your dreams, no matter the barriers.”

Tania Shahaly is a Human Resources Recruiter at Hands From The Heart Home Healthcare Services. She was born in Bangladesh and came to the United States to complete her Master’s degree in Human Resource Management at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

“I came to the United States for my Master’s degree because the U.S. has the best education system in the world,” Tania said. “In my country, if you have an education from the U.S. it is very well-respected and will allow me to get a great job, if I go back home.”

After graduation, she searched for a new career in the U.S. where she could use her new Master’s degree and also give back to the community in which she has lived for the past 2 years.

“After interviewing with Hands From The Heart, I knew this was the right fit for me,” she said. “I used to be a caregiver for my father when he was ill and bed-ridden and I was so impressed by how much this organization cares about helping/servicing others in the community.”

Tania left her home country to pursue a higher education and new career in the United States, although her country’s culture pressured her to follow the trends that most women pursue in Bangladesh, such as marriage and becoming a mother.

“I didn’t want to get married or start a family, just yet,” Tania said. “I wanted to continue my education and pursue my career first.”

Tania would like to stay in the U.S. to continue “helping people and using her skills, experience and language” to hire caregivers from all different backgrounds that come to Hands From The Heart.

“If you have a dream, go for it,” Tania said. “There are going to be barriers in everything that you do, but you can overcome them and learn from your experiences.”

Tania has faced many challenges as she pursued a career in the United States, some of which still present obstacles for her, but she knows that like women from her country, all women face barriers.

Here is a message to all of the women reading this on International Women’s Day who think that they’re not strong enough or not able to climb that mountain: “You must overcome anything that comes in the way of your dreams,” Tania said. “If you want it bad enough, you will.”