Reintegration is an essential component of Australia Awards Scholarships. The term ‘reintegration’ refers to the newly graduated awardee returning home to rejoin the workforce in order to implement the enhanced knowledge and skills they have acquired in Australia.
Effective planning for successful reintegration is a key element of the transition from being a scholar in Australia to being an effective and professional alumni in the workplace and community.
Reintegration plans (also known as Career Plans or Return to Work plans) are a tool to capture awardees’ proposed strategies for using their new skills and knowledge acquired while in Australia.
Reintegration plans are recommended as best practice across all Australia Awards activities.
The Reintegration process uses multiple methods over the life-cycle of the Australia Awards activities in order to provide the best support and guidance for Scholars and to prepare them for their return to Timor-Leste. Some of the methods used are:
- Career plans and choice of courses of study
The aim of Career Plans is to focus applicants’ understanding that this is a development award through identifying the skills and knowledge that the applicant wants to gain whilst on award, and how they will practically apply this to the greater benefit of their organisation and to Timor-Leste.
Awardees will commence developing their Career Plans with the Reintegration Specialist who, at the same time, will also discuss and guide their choice of the most appropriate course of study and Australian institution to meet both the needs of the Awardees and for Timor-Leste’s development.
- Pre-departure briefing
Reintegration activities will be discussed in greater detail at the Pre-Departure Briefing (PDB).
- University monitoring visits
The annual university monitoring visits conducted by the Australia Awards staff from Dili will reinforce the importance of reintegration planning, including: the mentor program; the reintegration portal, its modules and career planning facilities; establishing networks with Timor-Leste scholars and the wider Australia Awards community; and how to maintain contact with lecturers, fellow students and industry connections upon return.
- East-Timor Student Association
Timorese students have established student associations in most states (ETSA – East Timor Student Association), which are active and well organised. They foster networks in Australia and Timor-Leste, and provide mentorship and support for new awardees.
- Reintegration Workshops and Seminars
Awardees who complete their studies and have returned to Timor-Leste are encouraged to participate in a re-entry briefing to help them re-establish themselves in Timor-Leste. The Reintegration Workshops and seminars will also be open and promoted to the broader alumni network. Sessions will cover topics such as how to handle reverse culture shock, finding employment, mentoring, leadership, and networking, and opportunities will be provided for alumni to share what they have learnt and what they hope to achieve in the future.
- Government Graduate Internship Program
The Government Graduate Internship Program (GGIP) places returning awardees in Government of Timor-Leste ministries/agencies for a period of up to 12 months. The Australia Awards provide interns with their salary, laptop and internet connectivity and other forms of support.
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