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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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The Best Way to Connect with Someone You Professionally Admire

By Kinexus on 27 September 2018
Networking is the cornerstone to success in any career. It opens new avenues and perspectives and creates access to the latest industry news. Although it’s easy enough to turn a coworker or a peer into a network connection, interacting with those within your direct network will only get you so far. Everyone has those one or two industry figureheads they look up to in their profession; whether it’s because they have the job they want, are an inspiring leader, or are simply impressive. Connecting with someone you admire is a bit more daunting. But there is actually a right way (and a wrong way) to go about it. To begin a natural professional relationship regardless of hierarchy, follow these three simple steps:
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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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How did you get there? An Interview with Carly Menzies

By Kinexus on 8 August 2018
Despite what they teach in schools, career paths are rarely a straight journey. They have twists and turns. Just ask Carly. Carly joined RAN as an undergraduate Marine Engineering Officer, gained her engineering degree, transitioned out to pursue her passion in the health and fitness industry, joined the Defence Industry as a contractor and now calls ASC home. She is a shining example of how one can combine the intellectual challenges of a technical role with the demands of a 20+ hour a week passion.
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