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 Tiffany Makharti about her experiences:
What were the benefits/values you gained from participating in the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program?
As a newcomer coming to Australia, this program helped me to build an understanding of Australian workplace culture, recruitment practices and professional networks within my profession and the industry I was interested in. As a bonus, I got a chance to meet and build friendships with people around the world I met through the program.
Were there any skills that you gained from taking part in KMP?
Being matched with a mentor who understands the Australian culture, particularly the Western Australian culture, and the industry I was interested in, provided me not just guidance on how to achieve my employment goals, but also gave me the opportunity to learn how to manage bottom-up as an employee of an Australian organisation.
How do you feel about your profession now, after completing the Program?
I guess, as a human being we will never stop learning. Everyday in my current workplace, I keep finding new things that I am not familiar with. However, after completing this program, I have a base understanding of how things work in the Australian workplace.
Did participating in the program expand your community networks or knowledge in a particular area?
The program is definitely expanding my networks as there were more than 20 people from different cultural and professional background who were in the same program with me. We shared some challenges and success stories along the way. In addition, I also had the opportunity to be involved in volunteering for the City of Stirling and working experience with my Mentor’s company, which has broaden my community networks.
In what ways does Kaleidoscope contribute to the community?
Kaleidoscope provides tools and medium to newcomers coming to Australia to understand how to achieve their employment goals. When the participants secure a job, it makes them part of the broader Australian community, expanding networks within the community and which ultimately gives economic and social benefits back to the community.
To read more about Tiffany, visit her LinkedIn profile.
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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.
The Kaleidoscope Initiative has been funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Cultural Industries 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).