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 David Hope (Linked in: Dave Hope) about about his mentoring experience:
What were the benefits/values you gained from participating in the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program?
As an experienced industry professional this was an opportunity for give something back. It made me realise how privileged I am to have grown up in Australia and been exposed to the opportunities I have throughout my career. I was able to help my mentee with introductions to other people and broaden her network, while she was able to share her experiences as a migrant worker.
Were there any skills that you gained from taking part in KMP?
This was definitely a great opportunity to improve my mentoring skills, especially with someone who has English as a second language. I needed to ensure I was explaining things without the use of jargon, etc. I think it also got me thinking about my unconscious biases.
How do you feel about your profession now, after completing the Program?
My perception of the industry has changed, there are definitely more skilled professionals out there. It’s just about being able to tap into this “silent” market.
Did participating in the program expand your community networks or knowledge in a particular area?
The mentoring relationship while focusing on the professional aspects also enabled a personal connection, it was from this sharing that I think I learnt the most about myself.
In what ways does Kaleidoscope contribute to the community?
Kaleidoscope and the KMP looks to connect experienced industry professionals with migrant workers who are typically not working in their chosen field. It builds networks and is an education growth opportunity for both the mentor and mentee (the learning is a two-way street).
APPLY NOW to become a mentee or mentor for the next mentoring cycle running from July to October 2020. Applications are open between 1 and 31 of May.
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).