Become a mentee

Reconnect with your profession in Australia.

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.


What do I require to become a KMP Mentee?

To become a mentee in Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program, you will need to:

Mentee Eligibility

  • 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 or no Australian work experience in your profession/industry
  • are currently unemployed or underemployed (i.e. not working in your field of expertise)
  • have permanent work rights in Australia
  • have lived in Australia for five years or less
  • have the appropriate English language proficiency to perform effectively in the workplace in their field. (Managers/professionals roles need IELTS Band 7 or equivalent, Technical/non-client facing roles need IELTS Band 6 or equivalent)
  • have obtained a National Police Clearance Certificate within the past six months. If you do not have a police clearance, the City of Stirling can apply for one on your behalf (at no cost to you).

Mentee Suitability

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.

Mentee Readiness

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.

Mentee FAQs

Do you still have questions about becoming a mentee?

Head over to our Mentee Frequently Asked Questions to know more about the program. If you can’t find the answer please contact us.


Please submit your Mentee Application below. 

Before you start your mentee application, we strongly suggest you review the questions in the Mentee application Part-1 & Part-2 so you are prepared and complete the application faster.

Please note: The mentor’s role is NOT to find you a job the mentee.

Apply now to become a Mentee

Book an appointment for your police clearance (ONLY after completing your Mentee Application – Part 2)

 


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.