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Lean In meet emphasises importance of communication among new migrants

What are the challenges faced by a young bride in a new country? From finding employment and accommodation to just fitting in, there are a number of hurdles that one needs to overcome, said Mittu Gopalan of Freedman and Gopalan Solicitors, as she inspired the audience with her journey as a new bride to a successful solicitor and artist. Mittu was among the speakers at the Lean In Inc networking event held on 1 June at Parra Villa in Parramatta. The event provided an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge on various topics as well as build connections.

Mittu, who is also known for her charitable work, described the challenges she faced in Australia as a migrant and student and how it has shaped her life to who she is today. She stressed the importance of taking a day at a time to chase dreams and to surround oneself with the right mentors. She also elaborated on the legal procedures that occur during a separation and divorce and discussed property settlement and custody issues of migrants.

Sujatha Madhan, a recruitment specialist from Cox Purtell, delivered an informative presentation on job skills including how to write a resume, interview techniques and the various sites to look for employment. As most of the participants were newly arrived migrants, this was a particularly relevant and informative session.

The event also addressed social issues such as domestic violence and family Law and mediation. Superintendent Julie Boon, a Commander of Parramatta Police Area, discussed the support available to victims of domestic violence while Sue Advani, a White Ribbon advocate, spoke about the kinds of domestic violence and the importance of seeking help and how to support friends who are victims of the crime. Deepa Sujeet, a registered family dispute resolution practitioner, described the process of mediation between family members during a separation and divorce.

Deep Mitra, Principal at Fiducian Accountants and Director at DNA Chartered Accountants, presented on how to set up a business. Irene Hawlader from Stryker described the importance of non-verbal communication.

Gabrielle Droulers from Dress for Success provided participants with information about interview dressing and the workshops offered by the organisation.

The event ended with a one to one mentoring session provided by various speakers addressing individual questions.

Lean In Inc is a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting newly arrived migrant women settle into Australia. Lean In Inc has held various workshops since its inception focusing on employability skills, knowledge of Australian culture and building networks and connections. For upcoming workshops and updates, follow Lean In Inc on Facebook.

 

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