Tell us a little about your home/country.
I come from a little country in the Eastern part of Africa called Kenya. We are known for our fast runners, amazing wildlife and starting Twitter wars with other countries! We are usually very friendly and quite opinionated especially about politics. Often those who visit our country, find a reason to go back.
Tell us a little about your employment/professional experience in your home country.
I worked in office administration for 4 years in an insurance company then left to start a marketing agency with a good friend. This hunger for all things marketing led me to pursue a master’s degree and marketing career here in Perth.
What challenges have you faced in your job search journey in WA?
The lack of Australian work experience was quite a big hurdle that I have had to overcome. I also didn’t see people from my background who had succeeded in the career I was in which was a huge blow to my confidence.
What skills did you gain from participating in the Mentoring Program and how did this help you in your job search?
Simply believing in myself again and learning that my past overseas experience was still valid and should be viewed as an advantage in the job search journey. I also developed a better understanding of the Australian work culture and learned how to interact comfortably with diverse cultures within the workplace. My mentor showed me how to embrace networking as an opportunity to connect with people which had been quite intimidating for me as an introvert.
What are three key benefits you gained by joining the program? (e.g. confidence).
- Connecting with a good mentor and friend
- Learning how to best present myself to potential employers
- Enriching volunteering experience with the KMP team
What was the best part of being a mentee?
Having someone that meets you where you are at in your journey. I learned a lot about my mentor Alexis’ culture, her interests and life experiences.
What advice would you give to a new mentee starting the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program?
Take that leap of faith and make your application. This whole experience teaches you so much about yourself and helps you find the career path that best works for you.
Interested in joining the next cycle as a mentee?
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.