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, Prad Krishnamurthy, about his experiences and this was his response:
Tell us a little about your home country.
I was born in India in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. It is a culturally diverse state with a variety of ethnicity, food and clothing. However, most of my working life was spent in the Middle East.
Tell us a little about your employment/professional experience in your home country.
Upon the completion of my higher education, I relocated to the UAE where my career progression started. I started off as a Marketing Coordinator and I worked my way through to becoming a HR professional by the end of 3 years’ employment. I have held various positions in the Human Resources field with a marked expertise in Recruitment. I worked in various industries which includes the Dubai Government, Oil and Gas, and Manufacturing.
How long have you been in Australia (and WA in particular)?
I moved to Australia in 2017 and has since then been residing in WA.
What challenges have you faced in your job search journey in WA?
As a new migrant, the lack of Australian experience has been the greatest challenge in securing a position in Australia and WA. Besides, the fluctuating job market has also been another factor that I found particularly challenging.
What are the top three things that you learned through the program?
The most important take away from this program has been as follows:
I realised having a mentor to bounce ideas and obtain feedback on employments matter to be of great assistance.
It has enlarged my professional network; and
It has introduced me to a great mentor who has since become a friend and well-wisher.
What are the top three benefits you gained by joining the program?
This program has helped me to build my network, pitch my CV effectively and enabled me to adapt to the Australian workforce.
Do you have a example of when you used the new knowledge you gained through the program in a practical situation? What was the result?
I have since then secured a contract position, which I would say was due to the effective pitching and CV preparation. To this end, I feel very obliged to the great assistance obtained from my mentor.
Do you feel your understanding of Australian workplace culture and job application processes improved through participation in this program?
Would you recommend the program to the other skilled newcomers who are struggling to find work?
What advice would you give to a new mentee starting the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program?
All new mentees would benefit from this program if they came on board with a open mind and willingness to go the extra mile. It is with sheer perseverance and willingness to adapt themselves to their new market, that will pave the way forward. They should be ready to re-invent themselves and be open to change as it is the only constant and way to success.
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. ThisThe Kaleidoscope Initiative has been funded by the Government of Western Australia, the Australian Government Department of Social Services and the Office of Multicultural Interests. This project has been developed in partnership with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).