Seek out networks
THE importance of creating a network is acknowledge by all: extend your network, and contact industry groups and professional organisations. They can help with career related issues, may have training programs, and hold networking events.
Explore how to update or translate your skills and qualifications. Centrelink has this information, and can be contacted via its website www.centrelink.gov.au
Esteban Rodriguez Casey of Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES) in Victoria stresses the importance of practical job-seeking tools such as resumes and referees. ‘‘ It is pivotal that migrants have a well-written resume and that they undertake some work experience, or volunteering, in the area where they’d like to work. Migrants with an understanding of Australian work practices and who can quote a local employer as referee usually have greater chances of finding employment that matches their skill set.’’
Ezequiel Trumper emphasises the importance of language skills. ‘‘ Learn English, not enough to just get by— really study the language. Without a good understanding and appreciation of English you will always feel like an outsider’’.
For Xavier Desdoigts, patience paid off. ‘‘ Understand that you will likely go through a process of learning how things work. Be patient, meanwhile do what you can to position yourself where you want to be.’’
Payman Solomon advises a long-term approach, especially for women. ‘‘ If you can establish your career here in Australia before you have children, you will find it easier to get back to work.’’