Following the fall of Kabul in 2021, Mohammad, together with his wife and two young children, were forced to leave their home country of Afghanistan.

Over a year later, the family arrived in Brisbane and were resettled in Logan through Australia’s humanitarian settlement program.
Back in Afghanistan, Mohammad had an established career in finance after years of working with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Rural Development.

Despite having a master’s degree in banking and finance and a wealth of experience, Mohammad struggled to find work in Brisbane as many employers required local work experience.

Mohammad participated in Skilling Queenslanders for Work, a government funded program delivered by Multicultural Australia that helps Queenslanders from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds find meaningful employment.

Multicultural Australia’s Employment team helped Mohammad prepare his resume, develop his interviewing skills, and learn more about the Australian workplace.

In August this year, Mohammad was selected to be part of our CareerConnectors program, a mentoring program that matches aspirational new Queenslanders from diverse backgrounds with leaders across a wide range of sectors.

The mentorship provided him with guidance, expanded his professional network in Queensland, and equipped him with the skills needed to navigate the Australian job market effectively.

Just a week after starting with the program, Mohammad was offered a paid traineeship with Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) to work with their finance and procurement team.

Pivoting To A New Career Pathway