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 Fadzai Mamvura (LinkedIn: Fadzai Mamvura) about her experiences:
What were the benefits/values you gained from participating in the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program?
My biggest benefit with the Kaleidoscope program was my mentor. It was and still is helpful to have someone in the same industry as me giving me insights on what the industry is like, to ask questions and bounce ideas off without fear of being judged or dismissed. Even after the program ended, I have continued to call on my mentor who has now become a friend who helps me to navigate some issues and answer questions that I have.
Were there any skills that you gained from taking part in KMP?
I learnt a lot through KMP but the highlight for me was the cultural competency program which gave me better insights on workplace culture.
How do you feel about your profession now, after completing the Program?
I feel much more confident and that I understand my profession more after completing the program.
Did participating in the program expand your community networks or knowledge in a particular area?
Yes, I expanded my network through recommendations from my mentor but also through the people that I met through the program and other participants have now also become part of my network.
In what ways does Kaleidoscope contribute to the community?
I think it gives those trying to enter the workforce confidence and much needed industry insights. In some instances you also get job opportunities or hear of job opportunities that you wouldn’t ordinarily hear of and this is due to how your network expands through being a participant in the KMP program.
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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).