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Developing Your Skills & Overcoming Roadblocks To Find Your Next Role

Have you recently migrated to Australia for work? Or perhaps English isn’t your native language, but it’s essential for the job you want? Migrants contribute hugely to the Australian economy and make up a significant number of skilled workers for many businesses and industries. Effective communication and having the required core skills for employment should be your first course of action, but how do you do it?

There may be various obstacles blocking your path to employment, but they can be easily overcome with these helpful tips.


What skills do you need?

To start, you need to establish a list of skills that you need for the role you want. Alongside the skills you obtain throughout your career, any new role is always going to require basic language, reading, writing, and maths to perform well.

If English is your second language, you should work towards improving your literacy to better understand how they can be used within different workplaces. Strong communication skills are essential in any workplace, but particularly in the hospitality industry, where effective communication is needed due to the high level of customer interaction.


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Common barriers & how to overcome them

As a migrant or non-native English speaker, there will be several barriers you might face before you establish yourself in a career in Australia. These may include:


Limited English proficiency

Communicating effectively is a vital part of any job where the majority of team members can speak and understand English. To overcome this, you can utilise individual case management and referral services to help you seek the help you need.


Lack of Australian work experience

It’s no secret that Australian employers have a high standard when it comes to good communication and work experience, but it’s also possible to overcome this barrier through career advice, planning, and job search support services.


Recognition difficulties

If you struggle with getting employers to recognise your skills, qualifications, and experience, there are services that can advocate for you and directly discuss with employers to help secure you a job.


Lack of qualifications

We all start somewhere, and there’s no shame in feeling unqualified for a particular role. There are many mentoring programs with an employment focus, as well as referral opportunities.


Lack of appropriate support services

Employment transitions can feel extremely challenging, but there are appropriate services to help guide you through this, such as career advice and planning.


How do you access this support?

This is where the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) Program with NORTEC comes into effect.

The SEE Program aims to help you develop employability skills, confidence, and vocational skills for employment or further study. It’s especially useful for anyone looking for a new career or job but lacking the appropriate standard of communication or core skills.

With the help of NORTEC Recruitment Solutions, this program can also help you land a well-suited role in your ideal job.


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What does the SEE Program do?

The main mission of the SEE Program is to help eligible job seekers learn the skills they need to get the job they want. To do this, the program helps eligible job seekers improve their language, literacy, numeracy, and digital skills – the four core skills of any job. As a result, you can be more effective in your role or further training.

With accredited trainers, flexible learning options, and the potential for additional training or employment through NORTEC, this program is an excellent way for non-native English speakers/workers to overcome their employment barriers.