Are we really in November already?! It’s been quite a year for me personally with the passing of a close family member, my exciting and rewarding Churchill Fellowship and my husband’s deployment. As much as I would love to help everyone who needs assistance with their job applications it is unfortunately not possible. I have a … More End of year fast approaching
The NSW Veteran Employment Program has a great new website with fantastic resources. Career Swag is proud to feature on the new ‘external support’ link. Another great tool is the ‘rank grade matcher tool’ to help veterans estimate their NSW Government grade to their ADF rank.
Earlier this year (as a consultant for Defence Families of Australia) I developed a checklist for employers to help them understand what makes a ‘military spouse friendly’ employer so that they can benefit from employing candidates from the ADF spouse/partner talent pool. You can view and/or download the checklist (and get info on DFA’s advocacy efforts … More Military spouse-friendly employer checklist
SUMMER HOURS: At Career Swag it’s more 24/7 work-life integration rather than work-life balance but it’s only sustainable by taking much needed breaks. I’ll be closed for summer from Dec 15 until approx Jan 29 to enjoy Christmas and the joyful sounds of my kids enjoying their summer break. My books are full for … More Career Swag closing for the summer
I was thrilled to be invited by the Career Development Association of Australia to provide an overview of military spouse employment in Australia. Head on over to the CDAA page and scroll down to Career Panorama to read their blog. You can read my article here: https://www.cdaa.org.au/blog/military-spouse-employment-current-challenges-and-improvement-needed
For most women I know juggling the demands of work and family has a big impact on career. Military spouses face the additional challenges of having a partner with inflexible and demanding work hours and frequent and/or lengthy absences from home. Frequent relocations can mean career disruptions and missed opportunities for career development. Finding an employer who not … More Diverse City Careers and military spouses are a great fit
Today I’m sharing an email I sent to Instinct and Reason Research who are undertaking research on behalf of the Department of Veteran Affairs on members transitioning from the ADF. “I would like to make a submission to the research being conducted on the transition of ADF members and their families. I am a the spouse … More Military spouse employment and veteran transition
I am very grateful for the opportunity to present at last night’s Employment and Education Seminar hosted by Defence Community Organisation Canberra office. Attendees had the opportunity to hear valuable information from Soldier On, CIT’s Return to Work program, Volunteer ACT, ACT Dept of Child and Youth Protection Services. I had the fantastic opportunity to … More Employment Seminar recap
It’s that magical time of the year. Yes, it’s Christmas and the holiday season but if you’re an Australian military family it may also be posting time. Many people around the country are currently finalizing inventories and watching their belongings being loaded on to trucks headed for a new adventure. For spouses this may also mean … More New Year, new location, new job? How to prepare over the holidays.
Click on the ADF’s website  and you will see a clear link to information on the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program . It is fantastic to see veteran employment getting the attention it deserves. It makes sense that the former employer of veterans would consider this an important issue. Veterans acquire valuable skills from … More The employment topic the ADF should be concerned about: Military spouse employment and its effect on capability