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Transition Ambassador Series – Kay Hull

Since leaving the Army, Kay has achieved success as a HR professional and mentor. With 30 years of work experience, Kay hopes to share her valuable lessons with others looking to transition from the Defence Force.

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Transition Ambassador Series – Alex Martindale

When Alex transitioned from the Defence Force, she found it mentally difficult to prepare for a new career. However once she started, it became clear that she was ahead of her peers due to her military training and development.

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Transition Ambassador Series – Kane Lukassen

After nearly eight years in the army, Kane thought that his military experience would enable him to secure any job in the civilian world. But despite sending out hundreds of resumes, he was lucky to even get a reply.

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Transition Ambassador Series – Nathan Jacobsen

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.

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Transition Ambassador Series – Jim Lefever

Jim applied for around 600 jobs and only had three interview requests. One of these interviews was for a job to “drive a Mercedes van delivering high end cheese to retail outlets,” and he wasn’t even successful in getting that job.

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Transition Ambassador Series – Jordan Tune

When Jordan started his transition process, he found it difficult to navigate the job searching process. He struggled with perfecting his resume and interviewing skills to make him competitive in the civilian world, and was unsuccessful for 40 job opportunities.

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Transition Ambassador Series – Nick Kardonsky

Nick wants those who are looking to start their transition process to know that “your attitude will drive this process and, to some degree, will determine if you have a positive or a negative experience. Your attitude is your responsibility”.

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Transition Ambassador Series – James Pascoe

James credits an article by WithYouWithMe Co-Founder and CEO Tom Moore, which detailed his own transition experience from the Defence Force to industry, for helping motivate him and start him on the right path towards a meaningful career.

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Recruitment, just not as you know it

There needs to be more time spent in developing the individual and relying on more than a simple CV and interview to show they will be a fit. This is what WithYouWithMe is aiming to do.

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Transition Ambassador Series – Tim Walmsley

CEO of tech start-up BenchOn and WithYouWithMe mentor Tim Walmsley’s transition wasn’t as challenging as many others experience. His preparedness and willingness to start his new career path after the ADF has helped Tim achieve success and motivated him to help others have a seamless transition.

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Navigating your corporate career pathway

Every individual’s career pathway varies depending on the type of industry they work in. For transitioning ADF members, it is crucial to understand the general pattern of career trajectories of those that work in the corporate world.

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Transition Ambassador Series – Bram Connolly

Bram wants those who are currently transitioning from the ADF to know that “if you treat your exit like any other mission, gather your facts and plan accordingly, it can be a great experience”. He believes that this will ensure you don’t fall victim to the stereotype that veterans are broken and suffer from PTSD when they leave the ADF, which is often “further from the truth”.

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Transition Ambassador Series – Brendan Carlson

Even though his current career is vastly different to his role in the ADF, Brendan attributes his “discipline, professionalism, resilience, and the ability to improvise and adapt to changing work environments” to his time serving in the ADF.

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Transition Ambassador Series – Matthew Sharp

Co-Founder and CEO of military start-up Australian Student Veterans Association (ASVA) Matthew Sharp overcame his challenging transition from the ADF into industry to launch his own not-for-profit organisation.

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Transition Ambassador Series – Jared Theisinger

Jared didn’t encounter many challenges during his transition, but was helped immensely by our CEO Tom Moore to land the right job in the right industry. Now a successful Site Scheduler, Jared wants to support others through their transition process.

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Transition Ambassador Series – Scott Howe

Scott reflects on his time leaving the Royal Marines as an exceptionally difficult experience. In addition to moving to a different country, Scott comments that having to “requalify in countless areas was tricky and highly demoralising”.

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Introducing COMPAS: Our roadbook to ensure your success

We are very excited to announce the launch of our educational tool COMPAS – ‘Civilian Orientation for Military Professionals After Service’. COMPAS is your guide to transitioning from the defence force and helping steer you in the right direction to secure a career which matches your purpose. 

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WithYouWithMe teams up with BenchOn to change the way veterans transition

Tim Walmsley said: “We were immediately drawn to WithYouWithMe’s holistic, pathway driven transition program including the use of mentors. Now with this partnership, you have two, veteran-owned start-ups joining forces to provide our veterans with all of the support and experience they need to be successful in their life after the military.”

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Welcome to WithYouWithMe

Our company aims to help ex-service men and women transition from the defence force by being guided by mentors who are leaders in their field. Many of our mentors are ex-servicemen and women themselves, however many are also leaders in their field who are looking to offer insights and advice. 

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