Thinking outside the square

When fashion designer Yasintha (Yasi) arrived in Adelaide she found the job search process challenging and felt like she was constantly hitting dead ends. As her profession is quite specialised, it was not a matter of looking on a job website such as seek.com.au to look at vacancies.

Yasi contacted Immigration SA's skilled arrival services team to talk about what she could do to help get a foot in the door in the very competitive fashion design industry. Following her meeting and attending the employment workshops, she knew she had to broaden her job search strategies and be more proactive - and creative - in her search.

"You need to keep positive and think outside the square. There are many services and people who want to help guide you in your job search. Take up all the opportunities to learn more and connect with people in your chosen industry and career."

Yasi spent a lot of time researching and used LinkedIn to connect with people and companies where she saw potential opportunities. Based on this, a combination of direct targeting and a bit of ‘right place, right time’, Yasi was able to get a meeting with the director of a company to “have a chat”. This ultimately resulted in being offered a full time position with the company!

With a new job and a zest for life in South Australia, Yasi and her husband spend a lot of time exploring more of the state and what it has to offer, with many visits to regional areas such as Victor Harbor, Barossa Valley and Mount Gambier. 

Yasintha strongly believes in the importance of networking, especially in Adelaide. 

"Do what you need to in order to connect with like-minded people in the industry you are working in. Sometimes you need to take a leap of faith because things can change so quickly!"

Learn more about Yasintha's migration journey by watching the video below.

Yasintha Dona