Pathways to Employment is looking for volunteer mentors from all walks of life to join our program to support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Whilst Pathways participants are all at different stages of their career journey, they all share an eagerness to gain meaningful employment and are looking for a supportive person to help them to make that happen!
Pathways mentors support and empower young people towards securing employment, pursuing their career goals, and developing a better understanding of Australian workplace culture and how to access the labour market.
What are the time commitments?
As a volunteer mentor with Pathways to Employment you will be matched with a young person and provide 1:1 support over a 12-month period. Initially, this will involve weekly face-to-face contact with your mentee and regular follow-up over the phone.
As you begin to make progress and your mentee requires less face-to-face support, you may choose to organise fortnightly meetings. It is ultimately up to you and your mentee to come to an arrangement that is best suited to you both.
The most important factor is that your mentee feels well-supported and that you are both flexible in organising your meetings around each other’s commitments.
What do volunteer mentors do?
Mentors are encouraged to share their work, study and life experiences in Australia with their mentee. You will offer practical guidance and support in how to create a resume, apply for jobs, and prepare for interviews.
Mentors act as role models to the young people in the program; they help to expand their mentee’s social and professional networks and inspire their career aspirations.
What do volunteer mentors get out of the program?
Volunteers with Pathways to Employment speak about the program as providing them with a unique opportunity to make a really positive difference in a young person’s life. Many also find the chance to learn about their mentee’s different cultural background and life experience is an eye-opening and rewarding part of the program.
Pathways mentors have the opportunity to share the knowledge that they have gained through their work experiences, with someone who is really eager to learn.
Mentors see very tangible, positive outcomes as a result of the time they have invested in their mentees. Many describe the program as being especially rewarding when their mentee’s job-seeking skills improve and they become increasingly confident in their ability to find and apply for work.
As a volunteer with the Pathways to Employment program, you will also have the opportunity to get to know other volunteers who are equally passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of young people.
The Pathways team holds regular volunteer catch-up events and provides ongoing support and professional development opportunities for mentors in the program.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for people from a wide range of cultural, professional and trade backgrounds with varied work experience in Australia and a good understanding of the job-seeking process.
Volunteers with the Pathways to Employment program need to be able to make a commitment to volunteering for at least a 12-month period. It is vital that you have an interest in supporting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds and that you approach your role as a volunteer mentor with enthusiasm, patience, cultural sensitivity, and a genuine passion to see your mentee thrive.