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Rewards of Transitioning to the Civilian Workforce from the Military

By Kinexus on 22 November 2018
Transitioning to the civilian workforce is a huge step. Going from the comforting arms of the ADF into the world can be daunting to say the least. Although your resilience may be high, your skills and experience don’t always translate. The civvies are talking in acronyms you don’t know and you’re starting to understand the blank stares you got from your missus/mister when you were talking about work. But don’t let the fear phase you. There are some incredible rewards civilian life offers that makes the transition worth it.
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3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Transitioning into The Civilian Workforce

By Kinexus on 18 October 2018
After 20 years of US Navy service in the Submarine Force as an Electrician, including four different submarines, two tours as a recruiter and 12 deployments; in January of 2018, I retired. There are many differences between work in, and out of the Forces. There are three things, in particular, I have found completely different and should be considered if transitioning out of the military.
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Tackling The Challenges of Transitioning Out of The Forces

By Kinexus on 19 April 2018
The Defence Industry as a whole is a rich tapestry of primes, consultancies and SME’s. Given the increased demand for defence knowledge and skills, it will be critical to have a supportive environment for ADF personnel to transition into the private sector. Kinexus spoke to leaders in our industry who have successfully navigated this transition and compiled their insights.
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Transitioning Back to Defence After an Extended Working Sabbatical

By Kinexus on 9 February 2017
The longer you spend away from the defence sector, the harder it is to get back into it. Harder does not mean impossible; it just means there will be more obstacles to overcome. However, if you are ex-defence, overcoming obstacles is in your pedigree. I am ex-defence (RAN) and I also spend my days talking to defence professionals. I get the opportunity to work on a vast range of defence roles and projects and converse with countless amounts of people, all unique, all individual and all with their own personal goals. No two people are the same.
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4 Tips for Hiring Veterans and Ex-Service Men and Women

By Kinexus on 13 December 2018
Veterans and ex-servicemen hold a wealth of knowledge and skills unique to their defence training and experience. Although some practical abilities may not be relevant in a business setting, all of their soft skills are a huge asset. Collaboration, problem-solving, attention to detail, leadership and many other skills are commonly held and refined by most ex-defence persons. Hiring and retaining these men and women is an excellent opportunity to inject strength, diversity and efficiency into your business. With that being said, you often need to plan and fine-tune your hiring and retention strategies to maximise your chances of identifying, attracting and keeping these hidden gems. So, here are four strategies we recommend you implement to make the most of hiring and retaining ex-defence candidates.
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Moving into Defence from an Adjacent Industry

By Kinexus on 8 November 2018
By Pritam Bhuyan The Defence Industry has traditionally been notoriously difficult to break into. Some of the red tape involved is justified, the rest is up for discussion another day. Companies are facing the stark possibility that the current size of the workforce will struggle to meet the demands of industry. This has led to an increased opportunity for people from adjacent industries to make a move to the Defence Industry - unheard of a few years ago. The sectors primed to crossover include:
  • Transport - automotive, rail, and aerospace
  • Utilities - water, power, gas, electricity
  • Mining
  • Medical devices
If you are thinking of making the transition into Defence Industry, there are a few things to consider first.
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What are the Differences Between Military and Business Leadership?

By Kinexus on 25 October 2018
Being a leader in the business world vastly differs from being a leader in the military. After I left the Navy, I built a career in leadership. I have led multiple sales teams to success and received numerous leadership awards. My career as a leader wasn’t always successful though. In the beginning, my approach was to take a military tactic with my team, and this didn’t turn out the way I expected. Luckily, I had a good mentor, who coached me on how to be an effective leader in the business world. Let me share some of my learnings on some of the key differences.
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