“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton
Why should I become a mentor?
Mentors are leaders. They give back to their professional communities. They coach others to achieve their full potential and work effectively with people from different backgrounds and experiences in today’s diverse workplace.
As a valued mentor in our Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program (KMP), you have the opportunity to:
- share your knowledge about your industry/profession based on your own experiences.
- help a newcomer in your field put their skills and experience to work for a Western Australian business or company.
- motivate and support a skilled newcomer professional to realise their full potential in Australia.
In return, you will benefit from:
- developing your own mentoring, communication and leadership skills
- enhancing your cross-cultural competence by working with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
- improving your understanding of the issues and barriers experienced by newcomers in Australia.
Just 24 hours of your mentoring time over three months can change someone’s life for good.
KMP mentor eligibility criteria
You want to be a KMP mentor. That’s great! We’d love to have you on board. Sign up to be a mentor if you:
- have worked for at least two years in your field/profession/industry in Australia
- can commit to a minimum of 24 hours of your time over three months for mentoring (18 hours of mentoring + 2 hours of Orientation Session + 2 hours of Cultural Competency + 2 hours of Graduation Ceremony).
- want to share your industry knowledge and contacts with others
- are thinking about your professional legacy and what you will contribute toward your organisation and the people who work with you
- have a National Police Clearance Certificate issued within the last 6 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).
As a mentor, you need to:
- provide details on your professional background and some additional information in your application so that we can best match you with a mentee
- provide a National Police Clearance Certificate issued within the last 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)
- attend the KMP Orientation session, Cultural Competency Sessions and the Graduation Session.
- work with your mentee to determine their employment goals and set targets related to job searching, networking, professional development, etc.
- seek support from the mentoring coach, if needed, for a referral to resources, troubleshooting, etc.
You can help a skilled newcomer professional reconnect with their career!
How does the mentor application process work?
Signing up is an easy four-step process. Here’s what you can expect from the registration process.
- Complete the Mentor Application Form: Complete the Mentor Application form providing information about yourself, your work and skills. You will need to supply your current CV/Resume and your National Police Clearance Certificate issued 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). Our mentoring coach will then review your application and will call you for a phone interview within two weeks.
- Wait for your match: Based on the information you provide in your application, we will match you with a newcomer professional who shares your professional background. Please note that we can only match a mentor if a relevant skilled mentee from your profession/industry applies.
- Talk to the mentoring coach: Our mentoring coach will contact you again when we have found a potential mentee match for you for your confirmation.
- Meet your mentee: If you agree with the match we suggest, we’ll invite you to take part in an orientation session to get started in the program.
Find out more about being a mentor. Read our frequently asked questions.
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.