Building career networks and confidence

August 29, 2018

Pathways to Employment for Migrant and Refugee Young People

23-year-old Beza Bayew is a proud Ethiopian Australian who plans “to work in health services and help people.”

A student of Psychology, Beza is a volunteer care-giver for people with disability.

Beza first came to know of the Pathways program from a friend who has since gone on to achieve great success in her chosen career.

“It is very helpful to know that you have support and people on your side,” says Beza about her experience of the program, “It really boosted my confidence.”

Beza recommends the program to other young people who “want to move forward in their career”. The professional mentor she was assigned through the program helps her with "making my resume and cover letter look good and read well".

“Some young people just don’t have the information they need to succeed. They have no networks or contacts to get information from either.”

“Pathways helps you build those networks and the confidence to put yourself out there.”

Beza successfully completed a paid work placement with Moonee Valley Local Learning Network. She worked as an admin assistant and got a feel for how a workplace functions in Australia.

“I was very nervous on my first day. But I have so much more confidence now after a few weeks. Now, I’m like, ‘I got this!’”

CMY's Pathways Program is recruiting for the final intake for 2018. Find out more and apply now to be assigned a professional mentor and get guaranteed consideration for paid, casual positions with CMY's employment partners.