Diverse City Careers and military spouses are a great fit

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

Military spouse employment and veteran transition

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

Employment Seminar recap

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

New Year, new location, new job? How to prepare over the holidays.

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.

The employment topic the ADF should be concerned about: Military spouse employment and its effect on capability

Click on the ADF’s website [1] and you will see a clear link to information on the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program [2]. 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

Government initiatives and the language of veteran and military spouse employment in Australia

This week was an exciting week in veteran employment in Australia with the announcement by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of a new government initiative involving government engagement with industry in order to assist veterans find employment in the private sector. What I found especially pleasing was the language used by the PM in describing the … More Government initiatives and the language of veteran and military spouse employment in Australia

Military Spouse Employment in Australia

Military spouse employment is a hot topic in the UK and the USA with the issues and concerns taken seriously by leaders. Military spouses in both countries have access to a number of government and non-government programs and initiatives to overcome the challenges associated with relocation and the frequent and lengthy absences from home of their serving member … More Military Spouse Employment in Australia

Invest in Yourself

As a military spouse or accompanying partner it can be difficult to set career goals when you are constantly relocating and changing jobs. In a journal article I read recently (A Paradigm Shift: strategies for assisting military spouses in obtaining a successful career path), career experts Pamela McBride and Lori Cleymans made the point that your goal … More Invest in Yourself

Demonstrating cultural fit in your application

Like many others in this business I’ve written about targeting your job application to the job and the company you’re applying for. In my previous post I concentrated on incorporating keywords in an application and making sure to demonstrate to the employer that you can do what they need you to do.  However, employers want to know more … More Demonstrating cultural fit in your application

Why the working vs SAH mother argument doesn’t add up

With Mother’s Day behind us I think the best gift we mothers can gave ourselves is to stop with this ridiculous argument between so-called working and stay at home mothers. As a mother and career-development practitioner I find so many flaws in this futile debate (including that we don’t hear of similar arguments or even use … More Why the working vs SAH mother argument doesn’t add up