The aim of the City East Mentor Program is to match professionally skilled migrants and refugees with volunteer professionals to support and empower them in gaining employment in the Australian workplace in their profession. As we are all aware, there are far too many highly skilled and qualified migrants who are not working to their full potential in our community. The mentees in this project have skills and qualifications from their home country; have functional English; have been in Australia for more than six months and are eligible to work. They are from a range of professions including IT, finance, engineering, sales and marketing, education and health.
The mentoring commitment is for 6 months with contact once per week or fortnight. The initial meeting is face-to-face however subsequent contact can be made by phone, email or skype. The location for face-to-face meetings can be decided between mentor and mentee. Mentoring sessions are according to need and could include sharing information and assistance with resume or cover letter; interview skills; professional networks; main employers and recruiters; Australian workplace culture. This provides invaluable support to the mentee by increasing their knowledge and confidence while providing an opportunity for mentors to share their knowledge and guide others to find meaningful employment.
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The College is a not-for-profit adult education organisation. The College works co-operatively with other educational institutions, community organisations, local councils, schools and neighbourhood facilities to organise, promote and offer a wide range of quality, lifelong learning opportunities. The Mentor Program is an initiative of the College. The project supports job-seeking migrants and refugees.
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