We asked KMP mentee Asanga Goonatilaka from cycle 1 – 2021, about his experience in the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program.
Tell us a little about your home/country.
I come from Sri Lanka, a popular tourist destination located in the Indian ocean. My country is famous for its unique brand of tea, precious stones and as a manufacturer for world renowned US and European clothing brands.
What challenges have you faced in your job search journey in WA?
I have over 19 years’ professional experience in Business Banking in my home country. I have been in Australia for 1-2 years and found challenges understanding the employment opportunities, selection process and work culture.
What skills/benefits did you gain from participating in the Mentoring Program and how did this help you in your job search?
Preparing my CV, understanding an offer letter and building my LinkedIn profile was very crucial. I gained preparedness and self-confidence from the program.
Did participating in the program expand your professional community networks or knowledge in a particular area?
Yes. I managed to expand my LinkedIn connections with the help of my mentor.
Have you gained employment in your field? Can you tell us a little bit about your new role/job?
Yes. I am working as an Analyst of credit applications.
What advice would you give to a new mentee starting the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program?
Follow the program schedule with a keen interest!
Interested in joining the next cycle as a mentee?
If you would like to apply to be a mentee in cycle 1 – 2022, please complete the expression of interest form below and we will contact you when the application period opens in October.
The Kaleidoscope Initiative has been supported by the State Government through the Office of Multicultural Interests. The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program is being implemented under a partnership between the City of Stirling, the City of Canning and Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and the Western Australian Government. The Program has been created in consultation with the Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). Their successful TRIEC Mentoring Partnership program is the model for mentoring programs across Canada and internationally.