You dream of being in Australia, working towards your new life. It’s finally your reality. But that reality isn’t exactly what you expected. In the workplace people don’t always accept you with open arms. The food, culture, dress, and the little things are different. Not better or worse but just different from what you know and are used to. Days become tougher, people become distant, performance isn’t where it should be and you’re steadily becoming unhappier. You ask yourself, “What have I done wrong?”
Like any other, Australian culture and way of life is unique. It’s multicultural not just in the way you perhaps know, read about or experienced: the food, etiquette, interaction, language. Being properly part of any workplace or society is about feeling accepted as one of the team or the tribe.
This is where Migrate Success comes into the picture, helping you celebrate your amazing self and also fast track into the Australian way of life. With expertise in migrant workplace education, language and cultural integration, we help you adjust to the new reality so you can share your talents, engage and connect with new friends and colleagues, and take more control of your new future. Put simply, we help you just be you …without the unease of cultural differences sometimes brought on by lack of knowledge of the “Aussie way”.
Migrate Success programs are designed by migrants who have held executive positions and lived in Australia for many years.
So if you are feeling that you don’t quite fit in, or are saying things to yourself “I miss how it was back home”, “Why can’t they just accept me for who I am”, “I think it was a mistake coming to Australia”, it’s time to join happy professionals who have been exactly in your shoes, attended a cultural integration program and now call Australia home.
Soraya Devi Raju is the founder of Migrate Success. She arrived as an international student to Australia and has over 10 years working experience in Malaysia and 25 years in Australia in senior positions in the financial sector. Soraya understands the difficulties faced by migrants seeking to be successful and part of the greater Australian community. She has undertaken the migrant journey and faced many difficulties along the way but is a happy Australian and very much a contributor to Australian society.
She draws on her own experience of conducting business in a global and multicultural world to guide her clients through the maze of cultural norms and social etiquette.
First impressions count in today’s competitive environment, and getting it right helps you speed the development of good business relationships and avoid conflict in the workplace and social environment.
Expressing image the right way – creating a lasting impression
As a past chair of the Association of Image Consultants International- Sydney Chapter, I know how critical it is to develop the confidence to present yourself in the best possible light and to project an image in the workplace and community which will help you to succeed.
Civility and Etiquette – conducting yourself for the occasion
Today’s global world demands that we conduct ourselves appropriately for the workplace and social environment. Those coming from different cultural backgrounds, may be unfamiliar with protocols socially and in the workplace in Australia. Having trained with the Protocol School of Palm Beach, USA, Soraya applies her knowledge to help clients get ahead in their chosen field. This includes various aspects of social and business etiquette including dining etiquette.
Belonging to the Community – fitting in wherever you go
Many skilled migrants may speak English fluently but find difficulties in understanding ‘Australian English’ which has its own idioms, lingo and unique sense of humour. Soraya’s experience as a CELTA qualified teacher in teaching English as a second language to migrants and refugees has helped her to understand the issues they face. Soraya also teaches them about culture and idioms to ease their understanding and faster integration into the community. All of this has equipped her to deliver advice that’s suited to each individual client.
Soraya’s volunteer work with Dress for Success has helped her to understand and empathise with her clients situations and needs. (Dress for Success is dedicated to helping women from disadvantaged backgrounds prepare for interviews and develop their workplace skills).
Soraya’s work teaching English and Australian culture to migrants and refugees has added to her skills in working with a range of people from various backgrounds.
- Bachelor of Economics degree
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
- CELTA Certificate from UTS INsearch– teaching English as a second language
- Certificate in Image Consulting – The Australian Image Company
- Certificate in Protocol and Etiquette – Protocol School of Palm Beach, USA
- Member of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI)
- Past – President of AICI Sydney Chapter (2011- 2012)
- Recipient of the Chapter Member of the Year award for 2011- 2012
- Past President and Area Governor of Toastmasters Australia
- Ongoing education: attending international image conferences and participating in international etiquette forums to keep up to date in image consulting.