#BeFierce Jobseeker Stories: Neil Welch

#BeFierce Jobseeker Stories: Neil Welch

Neil was a highly trained Nuclear and Conventional Weapons Engineer with 20+ years of electrical, electronic and mechanical engineering experience across both the Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy. Despite having qualifications in management and engineering, he struggled to gain interviews because he wasn’t a ‘degree qualified engineer’.

Neil said; “When I left Defence and received my final training transcript I was shocked to learn that during my 20+ year career, I had spent just as much time in training than if I were to complete three university degrees! So it was disappointing to be constantly turned away from jobs because recruiters thought I was not qualified or experienced enough.”

Unfortunately, this is a common story for military veterans as they transition into the civilian sector. But with the help of the WithYouWithMe team and our free platform, Neil navigated the system. We adjusted his CV and introduced him to the director of Enterprise Improvement Solutions, one of our employer partners. This director instantly saw Neil’s value and offered him a six month contract as an Asset Management Specialist, supporting the company’s engineering efforts in the mining industry. It didn’t take long for Neil to hit the ground running and his strong performance is being noted by his new employer, who is thrilled to have him as part of their team.

Career transition can require you to #BeFierce but the WithYouWithMe team are here to help. By focussing your job search on fast-growing industries, training you in #FutureSkills and connecting you directly with industry hiring managers, we are enabling diverse talent groups to secure meaningful long-term opportunities.

Neil’s words of encouragement to other veterans is “I don’t like to use the old clichés, such as “you have to stay strong” but when transitioning into a new industry you really need to. You should never doubt your abilities and what you have been taught in the defence force”.

“The training and career support provided by WithYouWithMe has really relieved some of the anxiety that comes with the large change of leaving the Defence Force.”

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“WithYouWithMe is a logically run, professionally driven and highly relevant organisation which has invested great time and effort in order to ensure that I am as well positioned and prepared when I decide to transition from the Defence Force.”

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“If you are considering discharging from the ADF or have recently done so, the mentoring programs and services provided by Tom and WithyouWithme will give you the tools and confidence to transition into a successful civilian career.”

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“Having a group that provides a no BS, realistic approach to your career is a rare commodity. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to transition successfully out of the ADF.”

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