Become a mentee

Reconnect with your profession in Australia.

KMP Cycle 1 2021

Applications to become a KMP mentee for the upcoming cycle will open on 1 October 2020.

Please submit an EOI and we will notify you as soon as you can put in a formal application.

EOI for mentees

Why should I become a mentee?

The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program (KMP) 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 a job for the mentee.

Listen what our past mentees have to say about KMP:

What do I require to become a KMP mentee?

Mentee eligibility

  • have a minimum post-secondary education equivalent to a  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. In this cycle we also have a limited number of mentee positions available to skilled migrants on Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) Post- Study Work stream that have at least 1 year left on their visa,
  • 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.)

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
  • commit to working with a mentor for a minimum of 18 hours over three months
  • commit to 51 hours of engagement with the various program learning activities.

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 fee payment

An administrative fee of $100 will apply to all successful applicants. (This amount is currently under review and is subjective to increase. You will be notified if this occurs prior to the application period commencing.) Once you have been successfully matched you will receive an invoice for payment. The invoice must be paid by the due date. KMP may cancel your booking for the mentoring program if the invoice is not paid.

If this fee is a barrier preventing you from joining the program, please first submit your mentee application and discuss your situation with KMP mentoring coach at your booked meeting to discuss fee deferment option.

Need more information?

Do you still have questions about becoming a mentee?  Register for one of our upcoming online information sessions and get all your questions answered.

Alternatively check out our mentee Frequently Asked Questions or if you can’t find the answer please contact us.

Interested in becoming a KMP mentee?

Applications open on 1 October 2020. Please submit an EOI and we will notify you as soon as you can put in a formal application.

EOI for mentees

Below is the flow chart indicating the process of application.

KMP Delivery Partners

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.