Why should I become a mentee?
The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program helps newcomers (migrants and refugees) professional reconnect with their careers by connecting them with a mentor from their own profession/industry in Australia to guide and mentor them. Having the guidance, encouragement and support of a trusted and experienced mentor can provide a mentee with a broad range of personal and professional benefits.
For mentees, some key benefits of mentoring include:
- Exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking
- Advice on developing strengths and overcoming weaknesses
- Guidance on professional development and advancement
- Increased visibility and recognition within the professional network
- The opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge
All mentees will also have access to our Mentoring Coach to provide additional support, if required.
Please note: The mentor’s role is NOT to find you a job the mentee.
Listen what our past mentees have to say about Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program
What do I require to become a KMP Mentee?
To become a mentee in Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program, you will need to:
- have a minimum post-secondary education equivalent to a diploma or degree,
- have a minimum of two years of international work experience in their profession,
- are ‘job-ready’ – this means you are ready to start a job in their field, in Australia, at any given time,
- have limited (< 1 year) or no Australian work experience in your profession/industry,
- are currently unemployed or underemployed (i.e. not working in your field of expertise),
- have full work rights with no time restrictions in Australia,
- have lived in Australia for five years or less,
- have the Competent English language proficiency to perform effectively in the workplace in your field (For details on the requirements through alternative test results, please see Department of Home Affairs), and
- have obtained a National Police Clearance within the past six months. Mentees will be able to use their NPC with their job applications or recruitment processes. (Applications for NPC can be made online or in person at participating Australia Post outlets. Applicants must provide suitable proof of identity based on a 100-point identity check.)
As a newcomer professional, you will need to:
- be actively seeking work in your professional field
- have the current core and allied skills required to work in your professional field
- be able to commit to working with a mentor for a minimum of 18 hours over three months.
To show your employment readiness, you will need to show that you have:
- job search skills: an Australian-standard updated resume, knowledge of interview skills and basic networking skills. (You can attend our job-readiness sessions for these.)
- appropriate supports: e.g. transportation, childcare or other supports required to start a suitable employment
- appropriate attitude: openness to receive constructive advice and willingness to try new approaches to job searching.
I need more information about becoming a mentee.
I am ready to lodge my mentee application!
You will need to submit your application online and meet the eligibility criteria for the program to join as a mentee. (Please note: The mentor’s role is NOT to find you a job the mentee.)
- Why you should become a mentee and your Eligibility Criteria?
- Frequently asked questions on becoming a mentee
- You can review the questions asked in the Mentee application before applying.
Mentee applications for 2020 Cycle 1 closed on 3 Nov 2019. You can submit your Expression of Interest in becoming a KMP Mentee, to be run from July – September 2020, below.
The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program is being implemented under a partnership between the City of Stirling, 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.