Migrant Geologist reconnects with her career
The student first met the Employment Officer at a group “get job ready workshop”, as she was enrolled in an AMEP class, in March 2022
The teacher had invited the skills and Job Centre team member to meet her students and share good practices of job seeking in Melbourne.
All students in this group were migrants, developing their skills in English and were ready an available for employment. Many had skills and professional experience overseas, and this workshop encouraged students to celebrate this and highlighted how to include this on their resume.
This student had been attending this class for a while and was keen to start work in her field of Geology, continuing on from her bachelor’s degree and 5-year career pathway, in Iran. The employment officer emailed several job opportunities links, and company websites for the student to review possible pockets of opportunities and to develop her understanding and knowledge of the skills, experience and professional terms required of applicants in this field, locally.
In June, the student made an appointment for 1:1 support in developing and streamlining her resume with the employment officer. She had researched her field and at this point, advanced her English language skills and had improved greatly her familiarity with relevant professional terms and phrases. All her research and investment in developing her English skills had built up to develop her confidence and she felt she was ready to join industry.
The Employment Officer
The student arranged another appointment with the employment officer to develop her resume. The conversation flowed freely, and the resume was updated to highlight the students’ skills, knowledge and expertise. The employment officer suggested one employer, who would fit the students job goal focus, and shared a past opportunity. The student felt excited and very happy to share her resume, and the employment officer forwarded the resume to her contact in the company.
The employer read the resume and immediately called the student to discuss her application and offer an interview. This was arranged for later that week.
The student contacted the employment officer and requested an interview preparation session, which could be actioned later that day. This session assisted the student to explore interview questions, formulate answers in preparation for her interview and, develop questions for her to ask.
From this session, the employment officer introduced the student to the services of Reconnect who were also able to assist in this process, offering additional support.
The student attended the interview and presented especially well. The employers were especially impressed and offered a job that afternoon, as a laboratory assistant, analysing soil and rocks, pre road development.
This was her job goal realised!
This is a is a Standout Achievement on so many levels- her English language development, her writing skills, her communication skills and finally, her job ready skills!
“Janet has been an excellent support to help me in finding a job and finding my confidence. I am so happy she can tell me about the employer and get me introduced to the company.
I feel so happy I have met Janet and I have this job”.