We spoke with Siddier Chambers (LinkedIn), a current mentee of the 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’m from the beautiful island of Jamaica, where we produce the best music (reggae), the fastest man in the world (Usain Bolt) and where it’s always summer!
2. Tell us a little about your employment/professional experience in your home country.
Back home I worked with the Government of Jamaica in several senior management and policy roles for 12 years.
3. How long have you been in Australia (and WA in particular)?
I did my PhD in Public Policy at Curtin University between 2013-2017; went back home and returned to Australia in November 2019, over 10 months ago.
4. Can you tell us about the challenges you have faced in your job search journey in WA?
Responding to the selection criteria was the greatest difficulty I encountered in my job search.
5. What skills did you gain from participating in the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program and how did this help you in your job search?
My ability to respond to the selection criteria and how to strengthen my resume were some of the skills that were beneficial from the KMP.
6. What are three key benefits (e.g. confidence) you gained by joining the program?
Being more confident, having enhanced knowledge of the work culture and a supportive network are some of the benefits I’m enjoying as a KMP mentee.
7. What was the best part of being a mentee?
Meeting like-minded professionals and having a mentor were the best part of the KMP for me.
8. In your opinion, did you improve your understanding of Australian workplace culture and job application processes through participation in the program?
Learning about the Application Tracking System was an eye-opening experience for me. I believe being exposed to the top employability skills was a real bonus that I will keep and hone throughout my career.
9. In what ways did participating in the program expand your community networks or knowledge in a particular area?
I now have connections with a large group of international professionals, which has significantly expanded my professional network here in Australia.
10. What advice would you share with a new mentee starting the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program?
Enrol early, make the most of every opportunity and you’ll have a rewarding experience as a KMP mentee!
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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.