“Finding the right career path after the Defence Force”

Nathan served in the Navy for ten years before he departed in 2000. He faced some challenges transitioning, but after overcoming this process and finding the right career path, Nathan believes he has become a better person for it.

During his time with the Navy, Nathan trained as a Seaman Officer and served on patrol boats, tankers and undertook a posting to Canada. He completed his service as an Executive Officer on Young Endeavour.

Nathan encountered a difficult transition process, as his original career path did not work out. He struggled for several years to identify a different career and to navigate the job search process. He also states that he struggled to find a “job that allowed me to learn the ropes and demonstrate my capabilities”. Fortunately, he landed a job as a management consultant and is now working in the Financial Services industry. Nathan believes that his leadership and consulting skills developed in the military enabled him to make his transition from the defence force into his current profession.

Nathan is motivated to help others who are transitioning from the defence force to have an easier transition than he experienced. He shares that veterans should start learning how to network, as this can help increase your chances of securing a job in your chosen industry. Nathan states that networking is “not as scary as it sounds, you just need to be good at asking the right questions and knowing how to talk about yourself”.

At WithYouWithMe, we place transitioning and ex-service members on our Incubation Pathway Program and help enhance and develop your skill set to ensure that you are ready to take the next step on the right career path. We even have our own handbook that we created specifically for service personnel to help prepare you for all aspects of entering the civilian marketplace. Register now here.

If you would like to guide a veteran on one of our Incubation Pathway Programs to help them land a job in your industry, register as a mentor here.