Refugee secures favourite job in construction with mentor support
This case study describes a successful mentoring relationship from the perspective of both the mentor and the mentee.
Mehdi is a civil engineer from Iran with 11 years of experience working as a construction project manager in Iran and Iraq across different sectors. In 2020 he completed a master’s in project management in the UK but has struggled to find consistent, good quality work.
Mehdi got his first UK role contracting as an assistant construction manager and worked full time while completing his dissertation for his Master’s degree. After graduating it took Mehdi many months of searching to get his second UK construction industry job. In this new job, he was subject to racist and bullying behaviour and so he left after just two months. Mehdi continued with his job search but didn’t receive a single offer to interview. Instead he received automated responses along the lines of ‘Due to high volume of applications, we cannot proceed with your application’. In the absence of any feedback, Mehdi was at a loss what to do and his confidence was at an all-time low.
“I sent more than 50 online applications but, disappointingly, being a UK graduate and having around one year’s UK work experience couldn’t help me to land a job.”
The mentoring placement
Mehdi was introduced to Renaisi in May 2021 by a friend and very quickly after registering he was entered into a mentoring programme with Mott MacDonald. That’s when things really changed.
Clare, Mehdi’s mentor listened to his experiences and gave her opinion of how to interpret the behaviours he had experienced, asked questions about his aims, responded to questions about how to approach job opportunities and options. Clare also reviewed and helped him to revise his CV and cover letter.
While Mehdi was meeting with Clare, he applied for a Project Manager role in the rail sector at Mott MacDonald and after a successful interview, got the job!
Clare and Mehdi plan to continue their online sessions to discuss the details of the job and how Mehdi can prepare himself for the new responsibilities.
Outcomes of the mentoring relationship
One of the major outcomes for Mehdi is that he has expanded his professional network and is now in a position to introduce fellow refugees to Renaisi so that they too can benefit from our support and the opportunities we broker with employers like Mott Macdonald.
For Clare, the high points were hearing how the support had made a difference and feels she learned a lot herself.
If you are interested in restarting the careers of refugee professionals and accessing an untapped talent pool get in touch with Hannah Brooke, Sector Engagement Manager.
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