Mentee information session – online

Are you interested in becoming a Mentee in the award winning Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program and would like more information?

Register now for an online information session and find out everything you need to know about joining our next cycle which commences in August 2022.


Event details:

Tuesday 19 July 2022

Online from 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Register here 


Applications for Cycle 2 – 2022 will open on 18 July and close on 31 July  2022.

If you are interested and would like to apply, please complete the expression of interest form and we will send you an email with an link to the application when it opens.

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Migrant Women Job Readiness Workshop

A job readiness workshop series for migrant women has been designed to improve the employability skills of migrant women across Western Australia affected by COVID-19 and to boost their employability.

The workshop will run over five days, during school hours from 9.00am to 2.30pm.

Workshop topics

Eligibility criteria

To attend the series, you must:

1. Be a migrant woman

2. Have vocational English language to perform effectively in the workplace of your field (level 3 certificate or higher)

3. Commit to attend all five workshops.

This workshop is designed for women who have limited or no work experience in either their home country or Australia. It is also suitable for women who are transitioning to a new job/career or reconnecting to their career after a break (less than 5 years).


The last date to register for this workshop is Thursday 14 July 2022.

Mentee information session – online

Are you interested in becoming a Mentee in the award winning Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program and would like more information?

Register now for an online information session and find out everything you need to know about joining our next cycle which commences in August 2022.


Event details:

Thursday 7 July 2022

Online from 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Register here


Applications for Cycle 2 – 2022 will open on 18 July and close on 31 July 2022.

If you are interested and would like to apply, please complete the expression of interest form and we will send you an email with an link to the application when it opens.

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Job readiness workshop helps Susan return to her passion

The Kaleidoscope Migrant Women’s Job Readiness Workshop is a free workshop series designed to boost the employability skills of migrant women across WA.

Susan Nkechi Anopueme is a successful graduate of the program and has recently secured a role in education – the field she loves.

In 2009, Susan left her home country of Nigeria and a career as a school teacher to start a new life in Western Australia.

When she began searching for a job she encountered a lot of inaccurate information about working in Australia.

She was led to believe that as a migrant it would be very difficult to find a job, especially as she had completed her training overseas.

“I was told that my degree would not matter. I was so concerned that in 2011 I retrained in community development, a field that I found interesting but challenging and very different from school teaching,” she said.

“I even thought I may have to change my name, as I was told it would deter employers.”

Frustrated and confused, Susan began searching for a more reliable source of career information and training, which she found in Kaleidoscope’s Migrant Women’s Job Readiness Workshop.

“The Job Readiness Workshop opened my eyes to the truth and gave me a lot of practical information, like how to format and write a resume.”

Before completing the workshop, numerous unsuccessful job applications and interviews had left Susan doubting her abilities.

“The program gave me confidence in my knowledge and skills. It helped me prepare for job interviews and not give up before I even gave myself a chance.”

Today living in Aveley, Susan is working as a Technical Assistant in Home Economics at a local secondary school – the field she originally trained in and describes as her passion. “I thought I would have to leave the work I love behind, but thanks to the program I’ve found a job that I really enjoy.” Far beyond her days of failed interviews, Susan is now thinking how she can move forward and progress her career aspirations.

“I’m considering my options, perhaps completing a masters in education or even progressing my community development knowledge.”

When asked if she would recommend the Job Readiness Workshop to other migrant women, Susan replied “100 per cent. I’d take the workshop again to refresh my skills if I could!”

“There are a lot of challenges that come with being a migrant skilled worker, but do not give up because we have so much to offer.”

To register for a Migrant Women’s Job Readiness workshop please select from the following:

Bentley – 9 to 13 May

Midland – 27 June to 1 July

Kaleidoscope Migrant Women’s Job Readiness workshops are funded by Lotterywest, delivered by the Kaleidoscope Initiative and hosted in the City of Canning, City of Stirling and the City of Swan

Great advice for all KMP mentees

We asked Simone, one of our past mentees what advice she would give to a new mentee starting the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program?

“Do all the activities recommended, take this program seriously, be proactive and catch up with your mentor as much as you can and ask questions! Take advantage of every single piece of advice and suggestion given by them. And the most important (my Mentor said this to me on the day of my interview) be yourself, you are amazing!” 

Simone is an accounting professional from Brazil. She moved to Australia more than five years ago and had been struggling to secure a job in her profession in Australia. In 2021, Simone completed the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program and within a few months of graduating she had secured her first professional job in Australia. Simone’s mentor recommended her to some of her former colleagues and this helped Simone to secure her new position as an External Auditor at one of WA’s largest full-service accounting firms.  

We asked Simone to tell us about her employment journey, including some of the challenges she faced finding work in Australia and the key benefits she got out of the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program. 

“When I moved to Australia, I found searching for work very challenging.  I’m not an Australian Citizen and I don’t have permanent residency, I also lacked confidence because I did not have work experience in my field in Australia.  

Being a participant in the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program increased my confidence and taught me to be myself. I learnt how to write a resume and cover letter; how to search for jobs and even the correct search words to use to find suitable job advertisements.  

I really enjoyed meeting with other mentees and sharing our experiences. I loved every single meeting with my mentor and all the support and constructive suggestions she gave to me!  

Through the program I discovered that Australians have a more flexible way of working, for example, casual Fridays. I learnt the importance of follow-up emails or calls after applying for a job or having an interview. I didn’t do this before! The program also enabled me to meet my mentor and other mentors from my field. I had the opportunity to hear about their experience and advice.” 

The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program helps skilled professional newcomers improve their employment potential by matching them with mentors from their industry or occupation. The program assists newcomers to build professional networks and increase knowledge of both recruitment practices and a better understanding of their profession locally. For more information about the program visit www.kaleidoscopeinitiative.com.au/mentoring-program.

Kaleidoscope’s programs boost confidence and resilience

Vani, a migrant from India with a background in architecture and urban design, shares her story with us, acknowledging the important role KI’s programs played in boosting her confidence and resilience when faced with challenging circumstances.

After spending six months apart from her husband due to the Covid pandemic, Vani finally managed to reunite with her husband in Australia. An undergraduate degree in architecture and a master’s degree in urban design, combined with five years of professional experience made Vani feel confident that she could crack the Australian job market. However, after countless job applications and one unsuccessful phone interview, Vani’s optimism began to fade.

Despite the sense of fatigue, she felt after a long stint of unsuccessful applications, she continued to show initiative, volunteering at her local neighborhood community group as a placemaking officer. This enabled her to network with like-minded individuals and learn how she could improve her local employability. From those discussions, Vani was directed to the Kaleidoscope Mentorship Program – a program that seeks to connect professional newcomers with mentors within their field. Vani registered and attended the program’s three-day job readiness workshop. There, she learned how to adapt her resume to the format preferred by Australian employers and to tailor it to the selection criteria advertised in the positions. This workshop was incredibly empowering for her as she felt a sense of comradery among other migrants experiencing similar struggles in their professional endeavors.

She also attended a mock interview session, co-hosted by Kaleidoscope and Deloitte Australia. This exercise gave her some exposure on what to expect during a job interview in Australia, teaching her how to best promote her experiences, skills and character.  

Through Kaleidoscope Initiative’s programs, Vani had access to the resources and training that gave her a better understanding of how to stand out in the job market. Subsequently, not long after attending these workshops, Vani managed to secure a job interview and was successfully selected as a Placemaking Officer at a local council. Vani, now happily employed, reflects on her experience at Kaleidoscope and acknowledges the important role the programs played in boosting her confidence and resilience when faced with challenging circumstances.

The KALEIDOSCOPE Initiative is all about harnessing the economic benefits of migration by supporting newcomers to obtain employment in their field of expertise and building the capacity of employers to secure the rewards of a diverse workforce.

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