Her Ambitious Career

Ep 99 - 'How Highly-Skilled Migrants Are Thriving in New Countries with Mentoring Support', with guest Celia Torres-Villanueva

June 27, 2023 Episode 99
Her Ambitious Career
Ep 99 - 'How Highly-Skilled Migrants Are Thriving in New Countries with Mentoring Support', with guest Celia Torres-Villanueva
Show Notes

Welcome to Her Ambitious Career, the personal branding and success podcast for ambitious corporate women who want to get promoted and land excellent, stretching leadership opportunities.

My guest today is the fabulous Celia Torres-Villanueva who is sharing all sorts of tips to help skilled migrants adapt successfully to working life in Australia including:

  • What to do if your overseas qualifications don't count as much in your adopted country
  • How to establish yourself socially in a new environment
  • How to uncover 'what you don't know' about a new country and its culture
  • Feeling underemployed and how to understand your transferable skills and the power of re-skilling 
  • Researching new industries and opportunities in your new country
  • Practical ways you can build your brand and get off to a great start in your new role

This is SUCH a valuable conversation and I am really excited to be bringing this ep to you today.


Guest bio:

Dr Celia Torres-Villanueva started her career as a scientist and established her own research lab on DNA Vaccines in Philippines early on in her career. Celia also served as Board Director in several not-for-profit organisations, and was appointed as an Associate Dean, and then later as Vice Chancellor, at the University of the Philippines. 

Celia migrated to Australia and embarked on the challenging task of rebuilding her career while raising three children. She gradually climbed the ranks, and as commercial manager she has successfully negotiated multimillion and hundred-million dollar agreements with Fortune Global 500 companies.  

She has managed multi-skilled teams, and coordinated team members from across the world. She sits as a non-executive board director in two not-for-profit organisations and an advisor to a third. She went on to serve as an Associate Director at EY and will soon commence as interim Head of Commercial at an esteemed engineering and defence company.


Links to professional mentoring programs in Australia, referred to in this episode:

AMES Australian Migrant -  AMES Australia provides English training, employment services, community engagement and settlement support to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers

Professional Migrant Women

AMEP English Program - English lessons for adult migrants and refugees entering Australia


Host Bio:

Rebecca Allen is a Career Success Coach for ambitious women looking to land dream career opportunities. She has worked over the last 10 years with clients from companies including ANZ Bank, Origin Energy, J.P. Morgan and Coca-Cola Amatil and loves getting those excited phone calls from clients saying they’ve been promoted, have negotiated a seismic pay rise or have moved into a role completely aligned with their mission, values and strengths. Find Rebecca: www.illuminategrowth.com.au

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