Partner career development; it’s about paid and unpaid work and career life roles

I often use the word employment but it’s not really partner employment I’m interested in – it’s partner career development. It’s understanding and helping people make decisions about their career, and making the context they are making those decisions in as just as possible. And by career I mean the journey through work, learning and … More Partner career development; it’s about paid and unpaid work and career life roles

The confusing message of ADF partner employment support

The intent and the content of current partner employment programs raises some interesting questions about what partner employment support in Australia should look like. I’m a big fan of the current Partner Employment Assistance Program (PEAP) but I have written before about how and why it is not enough on its own. What I find … More The confusing message of ADF partner employment support

Defence members – how are your career development skills? Are you prepared?

No job is guaranteed forever. Having the skills to manage your career over a lifetime is essential. Our needs and preferences change over time and the world of work is continually changing. For many who don’t wear the ADF uniform moving between jobs, and sometimes in and out of employment in an unpredictable labour market … More Defence members – how are your career development skills? Are you prepared?

COVID 19 and ADF Partner Employment Part Seven: data collection

Without data we won’t know the extent of the impact of Covid 19 on ADF families. I believe it is imperative to establish what impact Covid 19 has had on ADF families. How many partners were able to work remotely? What was that experience like for them and their employers? How many partners lost jobs … More COVID 19 and ADF Partner Employment Part Seven: data collection

COVID 19 and ADF Partner Employment Part Five: domestic and caring work

The caring and household responsibilities of ADF partners has long been a concern of mine with respect to career development. Many inequalities that existed prior to Covid19 have been exacerbated by the pandemic, including within ADF families. … More COVID 19 and ADF Partner Employment Part Five: domestic and caring work

COVID 19 and ADF Partner Employment Part Two: career development and career management

It is more important than ever that job seekers have access to career information, advice and guidance and develop career management skills to help them navigate the rapidly changing labour market and uncertain future. … More COVID 19 and ADF Partner Employment Part Two: career development and career management

COVID-19 and ADF Partner Employment – a blog series

The global health crisis of COVID19 has disrupted life as we know it, even in Australia with our relatively successful efforts to stem the spread of the virus. It is as the UN points out “much more than a health crisis. It is a human, economic and social crisis”.  For those of us already interested in the … More COVID-19 and ADF Partner Employment – a blog series

2018 Speech to Defence leaders and stakeholders on ADF partner employment

This is a copy of the speech I presented as guest speaker at the Defence Families of Australia annual dinner in August 2018. Note it is not a transcript and I may have ad-libbed on the night! My main message that evening was that supporting the career development of ADF partners benefits families AND Defence. … More 2018 Speech to Defence leaders and stakeholders on ADF partner employment