Kaleidoscope Mentee Success Story – Narmada Sreelatha

Kaleidoscope Mentee Success Story – Narmada Sreelatha

We spoke with Narmada Sreelatha (LinkedIn), a current mentee Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program, and asked her to share her experiences, benefits and successes from the participating in the program.

1. Tell us a little about your home/country.
I was born in a culturally diverse and beautiful southwestern coastal state of Kerala in India.

2. Tell us a little about your employment/professional experience in your home country.
I have a postgraduate in Marine Structural Engineering with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. My professional experience in India is in a few different roles such as Lecturer in Civil Engineering, Estimator and Coastal Researcher. Like everyone else, I moved to Australia with a million dreams about life and career.

3. How long have you been in Australia (and WA in particular)?
I have been living in Australia for four years now. I migrated to regional WA in 2016 with my husband.

4. Can you tell me what challenges have you faced in your job search journey in WA?
The biggest challenge I faced to get into my career field was the lack of local experience in Australia. It was also quite difficult to get a job with overseas qualification and without actually knowing anybody working in the field.

5. What skills did you gain from participating in the Mentoring Program and how did this help you in your job search?
Joining Kaleidoscope’s mentoring program and attending their workshops were the best steps I took towards my career start. Each of these workshops were tailored for a migrant to get familiar with the Australian workplace and the culture. Knowing and practising these would definitely have a big impact on one’s career success in Australia.

6. What are three key benefits (e.g. confidence) you gained by joining the program?
The first and the best thing is that I got connected with a mentor, who has extensive experience in the industry. It also helped me to get familiarised with Australian workplace culture, which is different from my country and what I am used to. Other skills I developed by joining the program are the knowledge of writing resume and cover letters matching an advertised job, networking skills, interview skills, effective communication skills and the list doesn’t end here.

7. What was the best part of being a mentee? 
Being a mentee was a big confidence boost for me. My mentor Mr Manuel Grosshans has taken every effort to help me gain that confidence. He guided me in all the possible ways, and this is the reason I obtained the job I have now. I am sure all the mentors in this program are doing their best and, as a mentee, I am grateful to each and every one for their kind gesture to help migrants to follow their dreams. There is also a friendly network among the mentees, who help and care each other. One of them, Ms Thuy Le, is the reason for me to land my first job in my field.

8. In your opinion, did you improve your understanding of Australian workplace culture and job application processes through participation in the program? 
Definitely. My approach to the job application process has changed a lot after attending the program. The success after four years of unsuccessful job applications is a feeling beyond words can express. I honestly believe it is the professional network and the skills from the program that brought me to the doorstep.

9. In what ways did participating in the program expand your community networks or knowledge in a particular area?
It was extremely helpful to keep up-to-date with the current scenario and job market with a great social media network such as a LinkedIn group of all the mentees, mentors, and mentoring coach.

10. What advice would you share with a new mentee starting the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program?
To have regular meetings and contact with the mentor. Find out the areas you need improve and discuss it with your mentor at each meeting. You are right up there, and it is a bit of confidence you need to chase your dream.

11. Can you tell us a little about your new job?

I am currently working as an Estimator with a plumbing contract company. My duties involve preparation of accurate cost estimates, preparation and submission of tender documents for hydraulic services for construction projects.

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The next mentoring cycle is running from January to May 2021. Applications are open between 1 October to 1 November 2020.

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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