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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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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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Why You Should Consider a Career in Defence Industry

By Kinexus on 4 October 2018
There has never been a better time to develop a career in the Defence Industry. The industry is growing and changing rapidly, with large and exciting projects coming online all the time. With a focus on upgrades, innovation and system integration there will be more jobs available than ever before. Despite the opportunities this presents, the industry is facing a lack of available talent to deliver on committed projects. As a result, many organisations have started looking outside of Defence Industry to source their workforce. While you may be concerned your previous experience or skills are not transferable to Defence Industry, some careful adjustment of how you present these will help you appeal to more defence employers. If you are open to making the switch, here are some steps you can take to demonstrate your value and increase your chances of getting your foot in the door of a new industry.
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How to Translate Your ADF Experience into Civvy Street

By Kinexus on 20 September 2018
More has been written on the transition of ex-service men and women out of uniform and into Defence Industry (or civvy street) than you can poke a stick at. Recruiters, hiring managers and individuals all have a part to play in the successful facilitation of this. Some military careers prepare people for an easy transition into industry; formal engineering qualifications for example. However, what of those men and women who dedicated years of their life to more operational or less technical roles? How do they translate their skills into a way commercial companies understand?
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The Highlight Reel from the HunterNet Defence Conference

By Kinexus on 13 September 2018
I attended the HunterNet Defence Conference at the end of August. It was my first in a few years, so it was interesting to see the change in ‘vibe’.  Matt Hall, former RAAF fast jet pilot and Red Bull Air Race competitor kicked things off, wowing us with his amazing flying skills as he manoeuvred his racing aircraft above us. Matt generously donated his time and resources, and impressed us that evening as guest speaker at the conference dinner.  Into the conference the next day, there were three main themes.
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What to Consider Before Applying for a Role Interstate

By Kinexus on 30 August 2018
Before applying for that great interstate role you saw advertised or expressing your interest in a project located on the other side of Australia, there are a few things you should consider first. Not being prepared for the move and the logistics that come with it can significantly impact your ability to shine as the best candidate for the job. We often work with people considering a move interstate; sometimes for clear reasons such as to be closer to family or to return home. However, career growth is usually the driver. Be that for a promotion or to be involved in a specific project. With the current defence spend and big exciting projects kicking off across the country the temptation to apply for a role interstate is higher than ever. Whether you‘re willing to relocate ‘for the right role’ or have a specific project you want to work on, doing your groundwork will help you work out if an interstate opportunity is something you can seriously consider.
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Why Now Could be the Right Time for You to Contract

By Kinexus on 23 August 2018
Contract work is increasingly prevalent in the Defence Industry. We’ve seen a 46% increase in contract jobs over the past 6 months*. With an increase in available work, now could be the right time for you to look at contract work. We all know contracting tends to pay a bit more by the hour but there are other benefits and considerations too.
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Didn’t get to the D+I Conference? Here’s What You Missed

By Kinexus on 16 August 2018
Another excellent D + I ConferenceDefence and Industry, Fundamental Inputs to Capability was held 2nd August 2018 in Canberra. Thanks to Kim Gillies and his team for putting together this event. Some themes that resonated through the whole conference included: -the speed of change in technology; innovation funding; SME experience; shortages in STEM skills and diversity. Here are my key takeaways from the conference.
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