LAB program – helping skilled migrants to work and integrate in Australia

Many professional migrants arrive under the skilled migrant scheme and are highly qualified in their particular field. Our research1 indicates that many of them find the culture so different here compared to their home country that it is difficult for them to integrate and work productively. They can become frustrated and annoyed, when they don’t understand the Australian language and humour, as well as local customs.

The Migrate Success LAB program© teaches migrant professionals workplace skills and techniques to help them become more confident and productive so they can quickly and easily integrate into the Australian workplace.

1Research by Migrate Success 2016

What is the perception of skilled migrants in the Australian workplace?

For Australian-born professionals: Our research indicates some Australian workers have the perception that migrants tend to stick together in the workplace, talk in their own language and exclude others from conversation.

For employers: Some employers feel that migrants cannot integrate easily and can appear to be authoritative, instead of being collegiate or collaborative. This may be because migrants have previously been highly qualified or skilled in their home country and believe they have the right to be respected in their role which can make them appear aloof and not willing to be a ‘team player’.

What happens to skilled migrants who can’t integrate into the workplace?

Many professional migrants, such as scientists, engineers and other highly qualified employees, end up leaving Australia to go back to their country of origin or another country which is a significant loss for them, as well as our economy and our workforce.

What can professional migrants do to help them to be successful and feel part of Australia?

Attend the Migrate Success LAB program©, which is divided into 3 key areas:

  • Look – create a lasting impression
  • Act – conduct yourself for the occasion
  • Belong – fit in wherever you go

The LAB program is designed for individuals or groups. Topics are matched to the individual’s needs including:

  • Personal image
  • Social etiquette
  • Business protocols
  • Dining manners
  • Australian culture, history and language

INTRODUCTION

Prior to attending the program attendees will be asked to complete a pre-program questionnaire to identify their expectations of the course, core values, as well as career aspirations, ideal brand image and future life and career goals.

What can participants expect from attending the program?

Professional coaching to help them navigate the complexities of the Australian workplace until they settle in (usually about 6 -12 weeks). A shortened version can be done through a one-day workshop.

  • Become a more integral part of the Australian community and be more successful in their professional and social lives.
  • Feel happier at work and home and help their families settle in. Gain self-confidence and stand out from the crowd.

What can their employers expect from the program?

A workplace where people from different cultures work and interact in a professional and social environment and where happy employees contribute to increased productivity.

What will program participants receive?

  • Course information folders
  • Regular email updates
  • Action Plan for now and the future
  • Regular check-ins to track success
  • Review of short-term/long-term goals
  • Certificate of attendance of the LAB Program

Module 1: LOOK Program – creating a lasting impression

The topics in this module addresses the importance of personal branding (visual branding). In a highly competitive world, looking your best gives confidence. You stand out, and are noticed for the right reasons and taken seriously. The terms “business” and “casual” attire may have different meanings in different countries – casual golf wear is different from casual wear going to a barbecue or sports. Wearing the right clothes for interviews or that all-important meeting may result in success or failure.

Did you know that wearing the right colors helps you look and feel good, empowering you? You can develop a stylish look that meets your career and lifestyle goals – a style which is unique and reflects your own business image and personal brand.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Why first impressions are vital in building rapport with others
  • Appropriate business attire – from relaxed casual to boardroom corporate/work
  • Business casual environment – how to dress to impress (the different levels of relaxed dressing)
  • Grooming essential to look your best

The program includes interactive sessions with practice and role plays, and attendee workbook

This is an interactive program where you will discover your unique personal brand and go away feeling confident, and ready to face the competitive environment.

Module 2. ACT Program – conducting yourself for every occasion

Being savvy in business and social etiquette will help you to stand out and be remembered by others. Understanding the appropriate intercultural etiquette when meeting and working with colleagues will help you be more productive, negotiate effectively and create a lasting impression and level of expertise by the way we look and sound.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Why first impressions are vital when meeting, greeting, and building relationships
  • Resumé review and interview skills
  • Business entertaining and social skills – mastering your ‘networking ability’
  • How to act and react to different situations
  • Dining etiquette
  • How to bridge the generation and cultural gap and success at work
  • Techno-etiquette – minding emails, mobiles

The program includes interactive sessions with practice and role plays, and attendee workbook

Module 3. BELONG Program – fitting in wherever you go

New to the country and can’t understand the jokes, language, unique Australian humour? You are not alone. You will learn what you need to know about Australia, its history, achievements, sports culture and speaking with ease with fellow Australians.

Some of the topics are:

  • Australian culture and humour
  • Making yourself understood when English is not your family language
  • When to talk business – taboo subjects
  • Starting conversation using appropriate conduits
  • Being a part of the greater Australian community

The program includes interactive sessions with practice and role plays, and attendee workbook

Join the Migr8 Success Club

If you have attended all three modules of the LAB program, you are eligible to become an exclusive member of the Migr8 Success Club.

Benefits include:

  • Free membership for the first year
  • Regular webinars offering members Q&A sessions
  • Updates via email with current events, happenings and social get-togethers
  • Regular events with professional speakers on topics of interest (small attendance fee applies)
  • Net-weaving with multicultural peer groups and like-minded people

Want to know more?

Contact Soraya for an obligation-free chat via :
Email :- info@migratesuccess.com
Phone :- +61 400 011 750