Swag : a traveler’s bundle of personal belongings; valuable goods
Hi, my name is Amanda and I am the owner and operator of Career Swag. I am passionate about helping clients create meaningful and satisfying careers. I offer a range of career services for individuals including resume writing, LinkedIn profiles, and addressing selection criteria. I specialise in marketing and translating skills gained in all facets of paid and unpaid work and provide specialised services to military spouses and accompanying partners, mums returning to work, transitioning military and veterans. I am also passionate about advocating the valuable skills and employability of military and mobile job seekers to employers. At Career Swag the bottom line is my clients and the achievement of my mission to see people achieve satisfying careers and employment.
Like so many of my clients I have had a varied and interesting career life! As a mother, a military spouse and someone with varied interests, my career life has spanned different fields and periods in and out of paid work. My passion for helping people, my interest in social justice and my love of research has led to my perfect fit as a Career Development Practitioner!
I have moved around Australia and between Australia and the USA many times as a military spouse. I understand what it is like to move frequently and the impact this has on your career life. I also understand the valuable skills these experiences develop. It is this experience and my advocacy work with other military spouses that led me to pursue a career in career development. I enjoy helping spouses understand and market their valuable skills and experience. I also work tirelessly to bring the challenges of military spouse employment to attention of government and industry in an effort to see improved and targeted assistance for spouses and help level the playing field with their civilian counterparts. In 2018 I travelled to the US, UK and Canada on a Churchill Fellowship to learn more about how allied nations are addressing the employment challenges of military spouses, and I continue to work with individuals and groups here in Australia and overseas to improve the career development of military spouses around the world.
I am also very proud of our military personnel and I privileged to be able to assist some of them in their transition into civilian employment when the time comes. I work extensively with veterans and transitioning military to translate their military skills to the civilian market and help them understand what civilian employers are looking for and how they can market their many valuable skills to them. I have assisted many military spouses and veterans both in Australia and the USA understand and market their valuable skills to potential employers and I am passionate about assisting this population find career success and satisfaction.
Many of my family members (including my husband, brother, sister-in-law and brother-in-law) and friends currently serve, or have served, in the Australian and US militaries. For me, it’s not just business – it’s personal.
I am also proud to be part of the global I Am A Triangle and Families in Global Transition communities that provides a valuable network for those who have lived in different countries, and a place where they can share their knowledge and experience.
When choosing someone to assist you with career planning and your job search you want to be confident that you are in good hands. As a member of the Career Development Association of Australia (CDAA) and the National Career Development Association (NCDA) I am qualified and committed to meeting the professional standards of the industry including adhering to a strict code of ethics and participating in ongoing professional development.
To learn more about me visit my LinkedIn page