Please see some of the frequently asked questions on becoming a Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program’s Mentee.
To become a mentee in Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program, you will need to:
- 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, and have attended a KMP job readiness training (or will commit to doing so prior to meeting your mentor or provide evidence that you have attended an equivalent job readiness program by an alternative provider).
- 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 Certificate 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.) This must be supplied prior to your orientation, if it is not then your partnership will not commence.
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.
The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program and its various activities, events, sessions are heavily subsidised through the Australian Government Department of Social Services and Western Australian Government funding.
Due to the high success outcomes of our previous mentoring cycles and a limited number of mentee places in a mentoring cycle, the application process is highly competitive. An administrative fee of $100 will apply to all successful applicants to be made before commencing their mentoring. Once you have been successfully matched you will receive an invoice that must be paid by the due date. KMP may cancel the 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.
The flow chart shows you the process for applying to the KMP program.
The City of Stirling, on behalf of Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program, had previously applied for a mentee applicant's Volunteer National Police Clearance if the mentee applicant couldn't submit one with their application.
However, as these Volunteer National Police Clearance are issued for volunteering purposes only and cannot be used for paid employment, mentee applicants are now required to submit their own NPC. Mentees will be able to use the same NPC with their job applications or recruitment processes. For more details on Volunteer National Police Clearance, please visit Police Direct webpage.
Mentees must be job-ready before joining the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program. Being job-ready means that the mentees are able to seek, secure and maintain a job in their profession/industry. Kaleidoscope runs some workshops that aim to prepare mentees to get, keep and excel at a new job. They also help mentees to acquire job-readiness tools which help them to achieve the best outcome from their mentoring relationship.
The KMP mentee applicants can prove their job-readiness by showing that they have attended all the sessions of our workshop series prior to commencing your mentoring partnership.
As a mentee, you are responsible for searching for jobs in your field/industry and actively participate in the mentoring relationship.
You are expected to act on the advice and connections provided by your mentor.
Participation also means maintaining regular contact with both your mentor and mentoring coach throughout the program.
You mentor’s role is NOT to find you a job for you. Their role is to offer you advice and introduce you to occupation-specific networks. Mentors will provide you with guidance on how the hiring process works in many companies in Western Australia within your profession. They will help you understand the work culture in Western Australia. Your mentor may offer to help you prepare for your interview. You will need to discuss in advance of their availability to assist with your interview preparation.
The time commitment is a minimum of 18 hours spread across a three-month span which works out to approximately 1.5 hours per week. However, you and your mentor will decide on how many hours you spend together each week or month. In addition to your meetings with your mentor, you are expected to conduct job search activities throughout the period of the mentoring relationship. Your mentoring coach may support you with this.
Your mentoring partnership is not restricted to this program. Depending on your relationship with your mentor, you may continue your partnership even beyond this mentoring program.
We recommend that if both you and your mentor can meet face to face for at least the first four weeks of your partnership (following social distance requirements) it is highly beneficial to building a strong partnership.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we are encouraging mentors and mentees to utilise the many different technology platforms to meet.
Before you meet your mentor, you will be required to take part in a Mentee Orientation Session to learn more about your roles and responsibilities in the program. You will also be provided with resources to help you develop a job search plan.
Both you and your mentor will have access to online resources to guide you through your partnership. These mentoring tools contain information for mentees to help them in their job search. You and your mentor can choose which tools work best for both of you.
All mentors and mentees are also supported by our mentoring coach, who is based at the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre. The role of the mentoring coach is to support you throughout the entire time you are being mentored and respond to your questions and concerns. Your coach can refer you to other resources, services and supports to help you in your job search as well as troubleshoot or provide advice if any problems occur.
The mentoring coach will match you with a mentor based on the information you provide in your application and will communicate your match to you for confirmation. If you do not feel that the match is right for you, let the mentoring coach know as early as possible in the mentoring relationship.
Mentors are not involved in the matching process.
The mentoring coach is your contact person for all your questions, comments or concerns while you are being mentored.
No. Participants can join the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program as a mentee only once. However, after you have completed the program as a mentee, we’d love you to come back (2 years later) as a mentor and share your experiences with another newcomer!
Open communication is the key to any good relationship. Throughout your time with your mentor, you should speak to them about whether or not you are fulfilling the goals you both set out at the beginning. Our mentoring coach will also contact you during the program to ask feedback on your progress and experience.
It is normal that not all relationships will be perfect. If you find yourself in a situation where conflict or any other problems have developed, please contact your mentoring coach immediately. Your coach will work with you and your mentor to resolve your issues. If you and your mentor are not right for each other, your coach will end the mentoring partnership early in the relationship and match you with another mentor.
The mentoring coach will be your contact person for questions, comments or concerns while you are being mentored. You can book an appointment by emailing your mentoring coach here.
How can I become a Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program’s mentee?
Please have the following documents ready to upload:
- Your updated resume/ CV
- A National Police Clearance certificate issued within the last 6 months.
- Your Certificate of English proficiency – need not be current.
- Your Australian Visa/Passport/Citizenship Certificate
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 2 closed on 1 June 2020. You can submit your Expression of Interest in becoming a KMP Mentee, to be run from Feb – May 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.