Moving to a new country isn’t easy, and finding a job is an important step to help newly-arrived migrants settle in to their new life, make friends, learn new customs and earn money so they can establish themselves. Though for many hard-working, dedicated people, getting a job isn’t easy.
When Elisha arrived in Australia in April 2017 from Tanzania, he set about looking for work and studied aged care.
“I applied for so many jobs I was losing hope,” says Elisha. “I started to think maybe there was something wrong with me. You lose the desire to keep applying.”
Feeling disheartened from the ongoing rejection, Elisha discovered the InWork Australia program at Red Cross, where volunteer mentors provide one-on-one advice to migrants looking for work to help them secure employment.
Elisha was paired with Truphena, a woman originally from Kenya who migrated to Australia in 2004.
“After meeting Truphena I was recharged,” says Elisha with a beaming smile.