Seek out net­works

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Career One -

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.cen­tre­

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.’’

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