The person in question is a Chinese national who will likely be receiving permanent residency at some point in the next couple of years. She studied English in university in China graduating with her B.A., and during that time worked as an intern at a market research firm. She has worked for two companies and has been doing qualitative work for the last three or for years now.
The one thing that she really does want to have to do is go into the service industry as that would be pretty degrading, not to mention a step backwards, after having worked in an office environment for a number of years.
Although her job in China does not pay very well in relation to the cost of living for the city she lives in, it is a real concern for everyone involved that transitioning to the United States might not be a bright option granted her professional development. Having a career is important to her and while, as I said, the prospects for an adequate salary in China are not the best, her career pathway there is at least somewhat stable.
I would be appreciative of anyone who wants to chime in.