New Candidate Manager: Brisbane Office

New Candidate Manager: Brisbane Office

Name: Nicole Gow
WithYouWithMe Position: Veteran Candidate Manager
ADF Background: Royal Australian Navy (2002 – 2012); Leading Seaman Stores Naval

What was the highlight of your military career? 

“One of the many highlights of my military career was onboard H.M.A.S Success, where I had a number of adventurous jobs on top of my daily duties as a Naval Stores Sailor. I was a member of the boarding party team, jumping out of helicopters performing fast rope training as well as the man over board swimmer for the ship. Getting into a wetsuit and jumping overboard to rescue someone from the waters below is something I will never forget.”

Was your transition to the civilian world difficult?

“My transition from the defence force was a little different… I took my long service leave and travelled Australia in a caravan for 18 months straight. However when it was time for me to seek a civilian job, I found it awfully difficult to know which transferrable skills from the defence force I should highlight on a CV for my next employer.”

What have you learnt about transition after a few weeks in your new role? 

“We have some extremely talented people leaving the defence force, many of which are not using their talents to their full potential. I have found the WithYouWithMe career pathway matching methodology is definitely making the decision easier for many veterans who don’t know what they want to do on discharge.”  

What was your previous role and why did you make the move? 

“Having an entrepreneurial spirit, prior to joining the WithYouWithMe team, I ran my own business from home selling Australian grown tea whilst I finished off my university degree. On completion of my degree I wanted to get back into the mainstream workforce and kick start my new career – I’m very thankful I get to do that working with a company I’m incredibly passionate about.” 

Connect with Nicole in LinkedIn:

Veteran roles at Amazon Web Services…

Veteran roles at Amazon Web Services…

Amazon Web Services is now recruiting veterans across a number of WYWM Veteran Training Academy pathways including Cyber Security, Sales and Skilled Labour. Register for our Sydney Info Night [May 3rd] to learn about the roles available at AWS and meet WYWM veterans like Irwin Moodley who have joined their team….

“I started my job hunt while I was still serving and I had no clue of where to start and how to even apply for a job. The Navy was my first career and that’s all I really knew.

I was lucky enough to have a LinkedIn account that was seen by Tom Moore who reached out and asked if I was interested in a technical job opportunity. In classic form told him that I wasn’t interested [which was a lie]. I was just scared of the unknown, I thought ‘what do I have to offer the civilian job sector?’ He gave me the registration link, leaving it in my hands to contact his team when I was ready.

I signed up not long after and the process that WYWM used to work out what career paths would be the best suited for me was really helpful, not to mention the training courses that were offered with the career path I chose. However the most valuable tools that WYWM gave me had to be the power of effective networking and how to approach interviews.

I ended up securing a role within AWS in the Data Centre Engineering Operations team. For any other veterans considering a similar path, I believe having a technical background is very important but you aren’t expected to know every technical aspect of a data centre and how it operates. I have found that Amazon are just looking for people who are highly self motivated, always willing to learn, improve and grow with the team, ‘possessing the right attitude’ so to speak.

Even though I’ve only been with Amazon for a short period of time, I can already safely say I couldn’t see myself working for any other organisation. Expectations are high but not unreasonable, everyone is very approachable at all levels and the team are extremely helpful.”

Register for our Sydney event, May 3rd from 5pm. 

Training Academy Expansion: New Ex-Navy Hire

Training Academy Expansion: New Ex-Navy Hire

Name: Va Hart
WithYouWithMe Position: Learning & Development Manager
ADF Background: Royal Australian Navy, Lieutenant Training Systems Officer

What did you enjoy most about your military career?

“The highlight of my Navy career was the varied job roles you could get. One minute I would be assisting with the launching and landing of the helicopter onboard, the next I would be investigating training shortfalls and providing transition information. There was rarely a dull moment.”

Was your transition to the civilian world difficult?

“Yes, I felt lost and a little overwhelmed trying to sell myself to companies. For so many years I had gone from posting to posting without having to put an application together or even interview for any job. I also lost confidence in my skillset because the Navy bubble that I had been in was outdated in the Learning and Development field.”

What key piece of advice do you have for other veterans moving from the ADF into the civilian workplace? 

“I was swept up in my job and relocating the family at the time of leaving and really didn’t focus on my transition plan. I kept putting it off until the last couple of weeks. Luckily during my last minute panic I decided to search for past colleagues on LinkedIn and Facebook that had already transitioned, and ask them for advice. I was told to look up the WithYouWithMe website! My greatest piece of advice is to build your network as soon as possible and work on maintaining those relationships, because you never know when you might need it.”  

What do you like about working for WithYouWithMe? 

“I really am blown away by the passion and drive in this company. I personally believe that our people are our greatest assets, and it’s nice to work for a company that believes in the same motto.” 

In your opinion, what is the best part of the program? 

I was excited to learn how far WithYouWithMe has come in such a short time, and I’m excited about the potential scope for the WithYouWithMe Veteran Training Academy, that I have been brought on to expand. The Academy is the tool that empowers those transitioning to take control of their future by up-skilling them for a career they are passionate about. Making a difference to the men and women leaving active service is so important to me because they have already given so much and deserve to be looked after for their next career. I love that we can add so much value – and that I never have to charge a veteran a cent.” 

Connect with Va on LinkedIn.