In Australia’s current employment market, professional mentors make a significant difference to the progression of newly arrived skilled and professional migrant careers. Our program aims to match mentors from a range of professions with skilled migrants from equivalent or related professions.
Mentees come from the AMES Australia Skilled Professional Migrants Program (SPMP) where they develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to overcome the difficulties that may prevent them from finding a suitable job.
While the SPMP gives them valuable information on the Australian job market and workplace culture, job hunting tips, the application process and interview and networking skills, mentors add significant value by providing much needed ‘inside information’ on job availability and conditions, industry specific recruitment insights and high quality networking opportunities.
How much time do I need to spend volunteering?
The commitment is to make contact with the mentee once a week. Matches vary in length but a general commitment of 6 months is expected.
Do I need any special skills or training?
We are currently recruiting only for volunteers who are experienced in and currently working in Australia in one of these professions:
- Food Science/Technology in the QA/QC area
- Urban Design
- Research Science (Physics)
All mentors take part in a thorough induction session, which provides insight on cross-cultural awareness, particularly relating to job search and workplace issues.
How do I apply?
You can apply online to become a professional mentor. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact the Mentor Coordinator.
To discuss program requirements
Please email the Mentor Coordinator
As an AMES Australia volunteer you will need to undergo a Police check. The Police check form will be emailed to you after you application has been reviewed to complete and bring to your induction. Please bring 100 points of ID for police check processing.
Please note that the SPMP is based in Melbourne, so we encourage Volunteer Mentor applications from Melbourne only.