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Kaleidoscope Mentor, professional people supporting newcomers to Australia

City of Stirling
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Do you enjoy sharing your professional experience and engaging with people from diverse backgrounds? Do you have a desire to motivate and inspire others? Do you like building networks and helping people make connections? Then YOU would make a great mentor!

The Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program matches a job-ready newcomer (migrant/ refugees) to Western Australia and a volunteer mentor with a similar professional background. Mentors help their mentees understand how the local job market works and build vital professional networks in the Western Australia. In return, mentors learn leadership and coaching skills, gain knowledge of international business practices, and are able to better communicate with a diverse range of colleagues and clients.

Mentorship plays a key part in newcomers professionals’ success, as starting out in a new country with a limited professional network, often results in underemployment (taking a job that they are overqualified or underpaid for). 70% of mentees find a job in their occupation or related field within 6 months of completing their partnership.

What we ask: • Commit to 24 hours over 3-months. Meetings can be either in person at your preferred place – for example, a café, a meeting room and a library - or Phone or Skype • Plan to: collaborate with your mentee to help them identify their goals and draft their action plan; share insights about your occupation, industry and Australian workplace culture generally; identify and facilitate networking and skill building opportunities for your mentee and guide and motivate your mentee in their job search

What you get:

Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program mentors can access a range of professional development resources including: • Workshops – build cross-cultural competencies and develop your coaching skills sing a solution-focused approach • e-learning training – gain action-orientated tools and tips for supporting your mentee in their job search