Please see some of the frequently asked questions on becoming a Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program’s Mentee.
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.
Yes. We strongly recommend you meet in person, especially for the first few meetings. However, there will be times when online or phone communication will be more convenient and/or effective for both of you.
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 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?
You will need to meet the eligibility criteria (as below) for the program and then apply online.
Please have the following documents ready to upload:
- Your updated resume/ CV
- A National Police Clearance certificate issued within the last 6 months. If you do not have one, the City of Stirling can obtain one for you at no cost to you.
- Certificate of English proficiency.
- Your Australian Visa/Passport/Citizenship Certificate
Please submit your Expression of Interest to become a mentee 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.