Down from the door where it began,
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can, (The Lord of the Rings)
This was the rhyme that heavily-burdened Frodo was softly singing to himself as he was walking further and further away from his homeland, the Shire, to undertake the journey to deliver the Ring to where it belongs.
Like the hero of the Lord of the Rings, Frodo, six skilled migrants: Solmaz, Kim, Chris, John, Astrid and Uta are now far ahead from where they are from.
They are now in Australia. And like Frodo, these six migrants must also follow the Road, if Frodo has to deliver the Ring to where it belongs, these six migrants must find a job.
"if I can ..." some of them ask.
Of course, you can! Yes, the road may go ever on and on -- in other words finding an employment in Australia can be a never ending quest but walk on, that is the only way!
And a long the way, they stopped and attended Reach Your Potential, a five-week employability skills workshop, specially designed for migrants with skills from overseas.
For the second time, Janice and Fourteena teamed up and conducted the workshop. This time workshop -- organised by Zaneta Figiel, Crows Nest Centre's Settlement Services Coordinator -- was held at Crows Nest Centre (also sponsored by Willoughby City Council and MOSAIC Multicultural Centre).
Solmaz, Kim, Chris, John, Astrid and Uta were the six participants who persevered and, at last, completed the whole five-week program on 27 March 2014.
It is in Reach Your Potential, Janice and Fourteena took them into an intellectual journey to get in touch with their capabilities; to give their self-doubts a rest and to trust more in their passions: hopes and dreams -- these what kept them going.
Kim from Vietnam, a very bright girl -- fascinated by science -- undertook studies in medical and biomedical science specialising in laboratory technique in pathology at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). In fact she was just recently graduated; she needs guidance as she is about entering into the professional world.
Meanwhile, from China, Chris brought with him his vast knowledge and experience in complex IT infrastructure, project management, and IT consulting capabilities -- but he hasn't been successful in securing a job; he is at the point of his frustration.
John from Korea is a talented individual; he is an expert in business intelligence (BI) analytics. While his short-term goal is completing his master's degree in marketing at the University of Sydney, he is aspired to find a job upon completing his studies. However, John has no clue at all how to be part of the Australian working culture.
From Germany, Astrid has a strong background in human resources and office administration skills, she loves working with people; for a while she worked at one of European consulate offices in Sydney, and then she took a career break due to family reason; now she is ready to return to workforce but she has lost her confidence!
Similarly, Uta, also from Germany, she was a senior office administrator specialising in law offices in Berlin; working with people -- lawyers and clients alike -- was Uta's enjoyable duties. She was absolutely good at what she was doing -- she demonstrated it while doing a voluntary work at the Australian Red Cross; she was so good, that she was offered a job on a casual basis. Still, she needs a full-time job -- she has so much to offer. But like Astrid, she has also lost her confidence.
In Reach Your Potential, not only Fourteena and Janice worked closely with them: assessed their strengths, helped them set their career goals, trained them in the most important skills needed in the professional world --communications and self presentation -- but also coached them how to be ready in their job seeking endeavour: from building their resume, writing a cover letter, crafting their self pitch, to interview practices.
In five weeks? Can it be done?
Certainly! Believe it or not, in week 4 -- Chris shared his joy, he received a job screening call from a potential employer concerning one of his job applications. And in the last week -- week 5, Uta shared hers: she was invited to an interview for a job that she applied in the same week -- her dream job!
Five weeks-- since 27 February 2014-- have passed: Along with their career story is their clear understanding of their unique skills and qualities; best of all Chris, Astrid, and Uta found their confidence back; and Solmaz, Kim, and John found some directions on how to apply a job in Australia.
Yes, the road may go ever on and on --the quest to find an employment may seem never ending and they must walk on, but now they will walk on with confidence.
Well done Solmaz, Kim, Chris, John, Astrid and Uta! Now, let's toast for your success: "May the stars shine upon the end of your road." (The Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring)
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