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.

EOI for mentees

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.

Migrant Women Job Readiness – Level 1 Essentials

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 partake in the series, you must:

1. Be a migrant woman

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

3. Commit to attend all five workshops.

 

To be eligible for Level 1 – Job Readiness Essentials you must also:

1. Have limited or no work experience

2. Have a good level of work ready – English (level 3 certificate or higher).

 


The last date to register for this workshop is Tuesday 7 September 2021.

Migrant Women Job Readiness – Level 2 Advanced

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 partake in the series, you must:

1. Be a migrant woman

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

3. Commit to attend all five workshops.

To be eligible for the Level 2 – Job Readiness Advanced you must also:

1. Either be transitioning to a new job or career or reconnecting to your career after a career break

2. Have work experience.


The last date to register for this workshop is Tuesday 17 August 2021.

Congratulations to the first round of KMP graduates for 2021

We’d like to congratulate all 43 mentees and mentors who graduated from the first cycle of the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program for 2021.  It was a great relief to be able to proceed with the graduation after Premier Mark McGowan announced he would not extend the three-day snap lockdown.  Wearing a mask and adhering to social distancing requirements didn’t deter our guests from coming together to celebrate the graduates.

We’d like to say a special thank you to guest speakers His Worship the Mayor Mark Irwin, City of Stirling; His Worship the Mayor Patrick Hall, City of Canning; Susan Kreemer Pickford, General Manager of WA, Engineers Australia and Janet Barnes, Executive for Regional Australia, Telstra who all addressed the audience about their experience with the program.

Other special guests who attended the graduation included His Worship the Mayor Kevin Bailey, City of Swan; Meredith Hammat MLA, Member for Mirrabooka representing the State Government Minister for Citizenship & Multicultural Interests, CSC MLA, Hon Tony Buti and Amanda Gillet, Manager Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre.

KMP has been running since 2018 helping skilled newcomer professionals improve their employment potential by matching them with mentors from their industry or occupation.  We’re proud to announce that of the 192 mentees who have taken part in the program, over 78% gained employment in their field within 6 months!

We’re currently recruiting mentees for our next cycle which commences in July 2021.  If you’d like to be involved in this highly successful program please submit your application before 31 May.  If you’d like to know more about the program visit our website or register for our  online information session being held on Wednesday 19 May.

KMP is jointly delivered by the City of Stirling, City of Canning and Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre, and funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and the Western Australian Government through the Office of Multicultural Interests. 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.

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