To be successful in the workplace you may need to improve your:
- Language and communication skills
- People skills
- Technical skills
- Cultural awareness.
You may also need to evaluate your connections, networks and how well you understand the Australian workplace. Keep in mind, there are different pathways to get to where you want to be, so you could also look for alternative career opportunities.
Overseas qualifications/ credentials recognition
If you need a qualification or licence to practice your profession you will usually need to have your credentials assessed.
The Government of Western Australia provides an Overseas Qualification Unit (OQU) which assesses eligible overseas qualifications, to determine whether they meet Australian standards.
The OQU can assess post-secondary qualifications including:
- Formal technical and vocational qualifications (Certificate IV and above)
- Formal higher education qualifications (bachelor degree and above).
This is a free service available only to West Australian residents.
Assessing your English language skills
If English is not your first language you may need to have your English language skills assessed and take further training.
The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program provides up to 650 hours of English language tuition to eligible migrants and humanitarian entrants. This is to help them learn foundation English language and settlement skills, enabling them to participate socially and economically in Australian society.
Many libraries also have conversational English classes in the evenings which can help with developing your language skills. Find out about English Conversation Groups at Stirling Libraries here.
Assess your professional network
The strength of your professional network is an important part of your job search. Many jobs are not advertised in newspapers or online. These jobs are discovered by talking to other people.
Networking can help you:
- Find job opportunities that haven’t been advertised
- Make professional connections with companies in your field of expertise
- Gain insights into your industry or profession
- Get advice on how to look for work.
Networking helps you to build relationships so that you can ask for information, advice, and referrals from established professionals. These resources will help you build your networking skills:
- Assess your networking skills
Take this quiz to assess your networking skills.
- Networking tips
Tips to help you make valuable connections in your field of expertise, and to stay motivated in your job search.
The Kaleidoscope Initiative events can help to connect you to a professional network.
Identify your career goals
Having a clear career goal will help in your job search and professional development.
There are services that can help you with this and develop career action plans:
- Career Centre – MercyCare, Mirrabooka – provides career guidance and information on training options and the labour market
- Career Centre, Perth – provides online tools and resources. Or you can book an appointment to meet with a Career Advisor in the Perth CBD
- My Future – build your career profile, discover occupations and explore industries
- Job Outlook – discover careers suited to you and learn about the growth industries of the future
- Job Jumpstart – access tips and tools that can help you define your career goals and start your job search.
Furthering your education and training
- Employment service agencies
- Colleges and universities
- Professional associations
- Private providers.
For some professions, it may be necessary to retrain in Australia. Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders can access government supported loans to help with education costs.
Other types of training include:
- Occupation-specific programs
- Technical training
- Language and communications classes
- Cultural awareness courses
- Job-readiness workshops.
In the City of Stirling, North Metropolitan TAFE – Balga offers a range of adult education programs and short courses, including:
- University bridging programs
- Computer skills
- English and other language programs.
Find out about other education and training programs in WA.
Check out our events page for workshops and events that will expand your knowledge of Australian workplace culture and job-seeking.