Abraham did go without questioning the authority of his loving God, didn't he? It was the story of faith, trust and confidence that all shall be well if we believe we can.
The story I am about to share here may not be exactly like Abraham's but it requires the same degree of faith, trust and confidence: It is about five skilled migrants who dared to leave their country to undertake their professional and personal journey from the beginning again.
One purpose to share.Through Reach Your Potential: an employability skills workshop, initiated and presented by Fourteena of Arc Australia and Janice Hui, a fellow business professional and career development coach -- sponsored by Willoughby City Council; supported by Mosaic Multicultural Centre (Chatswood, Sydney) and Crows Nest Centre (Crows Nest, Sydney) -- these five skilled migrants were brought together and bonded by one purpose: to unlock their potential so that they can establish their presence and be themselves once again in a foreign country, Australia -- their new home!
Guiselle Vargas (first from left, second row) from Peru, a very energetic and dynamic professional was trained as IT project manager, less than a year ago, she moved to Australia to dream of a better life. How? She can't even find a job.
And Nariman Khodadoust (second, second row) from Iran, a brilliant young man who was trained in metallurgy and materials engineering, came from a close-knit family, left his promising career as a quality control inspector at an automobile manufacturer in Tehran to join his beloved sister in Australia. Great! But it's not easy for him to find a job that fits his expertise.
Speaking about Jimmy Wong (third, in second row) from Hong Kong, an IT&T professional who is passionate about serving customers, though he has been part of Australia for more than 20 years, still he finds it difficult to return to a corporate world after sometime off from work.
And what about a lovely girl such as Suchitra Patnaik (fourth from left, first row) came all the way from India to be with her husband in Australia; without a doubt she is a hardworking person, while actively seeking employment as an administrator or secretary, she puts her hands to work as volunteer at Mosaic Multicultural Centre.
Not to forget, Somaie Moghadas (third, first row), she is also from Iran, a social worker who cares about people. People who need help: homeless, refugee, lonely and housebound. She is very eager to pour out her energy and tender care to people in need. But again, the way to employment for her is still not yet seen.
Are they giving up? Never!
Not after Fourteena and Janice journeyed with them for five weeks. In Reach Your Potential, Fourteena and Janice worked very closely with them, assessed their strengths, trained them in the most important skills needed in the professional world such as writing, speaking/listening and self presentation to help them in their networking and job seeking endeavor in Australia.
An intellectual journey. Reach Your Potential also took these five skilled migrants on an intellectual journey to reconnect with their skills and experience, and reminded them to have faith, trust and confidence in their ability. The door of opportunity only opens to those who are prepared. Indeed, for that reason they joined the workshop --to be prepared at all times.
Five weeks --since October 3, 2013 --have passed, with them now is their career story carved in their hearts. Now they can start introducing themselves with confidence when they meet any fellow professionals or potential employers anywhere --physically or electronically. They no longer wonder: Am I good enough? Can I find a job? What do I have to say about me?
They have their career story to tell!
Again, warm welcome to Australia, and all the very best!
Many thanks to Rita Leung, Ethnic Services Coordinator, Mosaic Multicultural Centre and Zaneta Figiel, Settlement Services Coordinator, Crows Nest Centre for their great support!
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