Kaleidoscope Initiative asked past mentees and mentors from the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program to share their experiences, benefits and successes from the participating in the program. Participants also provided a selfie photograph of themselves so you can see the many different faces of KMP mentees and mentors.
We asked mentee, Farzaneh Nafar, about her experiences and this was her response:
Who are you and where you come from?
Hello everyone. Thank you for having me. My name is Farzaneh and I am going to speak about my great experience with the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program. I am Persian and I used to work as a Project Coordinator in an Industrial company. I have been living in Perth for almost 5 years. I have a Master’s Degree in Project Management and have been trying very hard to build a successful career development.
What are the benefits that mentoring brought to you?
The KMP was a very structured program and have brought several benefits to me. From in depth understanding of Work Culture, networking skills, and personal and professional development.
Why did you decide to be a mentee with KMP?
I decided to be a mentee with KMP because one of the important tips of career development is “finding a mentor”. I had the pleasure of meeting with my mentor, Katryna Douglas, a perfect mentor with lots of experience and success that I’ve been seeking. We had a great time working together and we are still in touch.
What values have you received from the Cultural Competency Training?
Also, the KMP Cultural Competency Training was another valuable part of this program which provided me with principles of cultural competence such as understanding the importance of diversity’s value, and the ability to appreciate and interpret accurately other cultures.
What are the benefits of joining this program?
As a previous mentee who enjoyed and learnt from the KMP, I highly recommend joining this program and follow the weekly instructions. As it will have benefits such as increased confidence, valuable network, improved communication skills, and personal progress for you.
Farzaneh added, “I would like to thank the City of Stirling, City of Canning, and the KMP team for giving me this opportunity”.
Kaleidoscope is inviting applications for mentees and mentors in May 2020 for the next mentoring cycle running from July to October 2020. Find out more about the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program and how you too can join as a Mentee or a Mentor.
The City of Stirling’s Kaleidoscope Initiative aims to harness the economic benefits of its diverse population by helping newcomers to Australia secure employment in their field of expertise and support employers to benefit from this diverse workforce. This project has been developed in partnership with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and funded by Office of Multicultural Interests, Government of Western Australia.