The City East Mentor Program empowers professionally skilled migrants, refugees and asylum seekers to reach their employment potential and maximise their contribution to Australian society.

This project aims to address the ‘brain waste’ of far too many skilled and qualified people not working in their profession. The Program matches job-seekers with volunteer mentors who provide invaluable, individualised support including job-seeking strategies such as effective resume writing, interview skills, professional networking and insights into Australian work culture. The Mentor Program promotes social inclusion, creates employment pathways and eases the transition of professionally skilled migrants into life and work in Australia.

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Location

Face-to-face mentoring sessions are arranged between the mentor and mentee at mutually convenient times and places. Sessions can also be via phone and skype.

Cost

There are no fees for mentors or mentees

Number of people required

Volunteer mentors are matched and work individually with a job-seeker. Groups can volunteer for one-off mock interview sessions.

Time commitment

The mentoring period is for 6 months with contact at least once every 2 weeks.  This includes face-to-face, phone, email and skype communication as arranged between the mentor and their mentee.

Requirements

  • Have current knowledge of the Australian workplace.
  • Listen objectively and act as an open-minded sounding board to the mentee's ideas and goals.
  • Share information and give job-seeking guidance through practical help and role modelling.
  • Recognise potential; challenge and inspire.
  • Provide support, encouragement and constructive feedback.
  • Maintain confidentiality and be aware of and respect cultural differences.

How to get involved

To register your interest in this opportunity please email acuengagement@acu.edu.au

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