Life’s come a full circle

Life’s come a full circle

Getting back into the workforce seemed liked a distant dream after an enormous 17-year gap. I had stumbled along for such a long time that I had lost all hope of ever getting a job in my field of expertise. I heard about the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program and wondered if it would be as good as it sounds. The team at Kaleidoscope turned my dream into a reality.

There was expert advice available from industry professionals who mentored you, experts who coached you along with a support group to cheer you on. I got help to make my CV and practise interview skills too.

I started the mentoring cycle by completing the Job readiness workshop. This workshop helped me improve my employment potential. I was then matched with a mentor from the marketing field, who helped me understand the current market trends, build a network and understand the local industry. Before I finished my mentoring cycle, I found myself interviewing for a job.

With three years in the job and my new-found confidence, I felt grateful for finding myself through Kaleidoscope. Getting into this program was a game changer for me and I decided that I was ready to give back. I applied to become a mentor for a skilled migrant through this initiative. I remembered meeting my mentee for the first time and how it reminded me of the butterflies I had when I met mine three years back. I could relate to everything- the anxiety, loss of confidence and being overwhelmed… and I told my mentee, “If I can do it, so can you!”

Giving is as important as getting, if not more! My heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the Kaleidoscope family for giving me the opportunity to give back- seems like life’s come a full circle now.

As the Kaleidoscope mentoring program enters its fifth year it’s very rewarding to see some of the early mentees like Neha, who have now developed local experience and confidence, apply to mentor for this initiative. The enthusiasm, encouragement, knowledge and strength this new wave of migrant mentors brings to the program and can offer to new migrants trying to connect with their profession here in Western Australia is very powerful and motivating.

The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program is currently recruiting new mentees and mentors for its ninth mentoring cycle which starts at the end of August. To submit an application or find out more visit the website.

The Kaleidoscope Initiative is being implemented under a local government and corporate partnership and is partially funded by the Western Australian Government through the Office of Multicultural Interests.

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