Kaleidoscope mentee success story – Kharine Kadow

Kaleidoscope mentee success story – Kharine Kadow

We asked Kharine Kadow (LinkedIn), a mentee from Cycle 1 2021 of the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program, to share her experiences, benefits and successes from participating in the program. 

Tell us a little about your home/country
I was born in São Paulo, Brazil and I moved to Perth Australia in 2020.

Tell us a little about your employment/professional experience in your home country
I have a bachelor’s degree in Administration and an MBA in Business Process Analysis. I have more than 8 years’ experience working as a Project Manager in different industries like banks, technology  and consultancy. My latest jobs were related to Information Technology working with process improvement and systems implementations. I also have a PMP (Project Manager Professional) Certificate which is recognised worldwide in my field.

What challenges have you faced in your job search journey in WA?
I thought that with my experience, certificates and knowledge, it would be easy to find a job in my field. However, I had applied for many jobs and gotten lots of negative answers or no answers at all!

What skills did you gain from participating in the Mentoring Program and how did this help you in your job search?
The program was definitely the best thing that could happen. I did not know that I was doing my applications totally wrong. For example my C.V. was full of labels that Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) cannot read. I was not aware of the Australian workforce culture such as cover letters and selection criteria that must be rewritten for each opportunity. This was part of the valuable information that I got from the program.

What was the best part of being a mentee?
Being supported by someone in the same field that faced the same challenges that you are now facing is one of the best parts, for sure.

Did participating in the program expand your professional community networks or knowledge in a particular area?
Yes. I met mentees and mentors from the same field as mine and I made some new friends as well.

Have you gained employment in your field? Can you tell us a little bit about your new role/job?
Yes. I started my new job one week ago. I am working as a Project Administrator in an IT consultancy company called Process Automation Group. The role is similar to that one that I worked previously in Brazil.

What advice would you give to a new mentee starting the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program?
Keep your goal and work hard to achieve it. Open your heart and your mind. Be humble enough to learn and enjoy the new pathway.

Interested in joining the next cycle as a mentee?

Applications for KMP 2021 Cycle 2 are currently open and will close shortly. Apply here today for our next program.

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.

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