Confronting Career Roadblocks by Changing Roads

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Joseph Nga stands outside the Library of Congress.

Joseph Nga stands outside the Library of Congress. Ketzel Levine, NPR hide caption

itoggle caption Ketzel Levine, NPR

When Joseph Nga came to the United States from his native Cameroon in 1997, he was pursuing a career in ethnobiology. But two master's degrees later, he still found his ambitions frustrated. In the process, a new path emerged. NPR's Ketzel Levine reports.

While studying for his degree in international development, Nga had taken a part-time job at the Library of Congress. Unable to get a job in his field of choice — even with two master's degrees — Nga decided to change his career path to suit the library-related job he had.

Now, Nga is now studying for his third master's degree, this one in library science. "Every day has its own momentum," Nga says.

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