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Prime Minister's Veteran's Employment Program

Case studies: Five former ADF members share their stories

Krishaan Wright
Program and Portfolio Manager

"You know that (ADF) person is going to have a good set of leadership experiences and has been trusted with responsibility from a very early time in their career"

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Krishaan graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy in 1996 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Following graduation, Krishaan qualified to become a C-130 Hercules pilot. He was a lead advisor on the implementation of software driven operations management systems and later became a Strategic Advisor to senior leadership groups in Defence. His transition from the Air Force was planned and, with Defence support, he was successful in obtaining a job with EY. Krishaan has worked as a Program and Portfolio Manager at EY since late 2015, where his work focuses on advising clients how best to solve project problems and issues.

Hear more of Krishaan's transition story.

Cherie-Ann Bourghouts
Business Owner
Indira Organics

"Employers receive an asset with so much training and experience. They get someone who is motivated and eager to do a great job."

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Cherie-Ann joined the Air Force in 1997 and studied at the Australian Defence Force Academy, receiving her Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree from UNSW (ADFA) in 2000. During her 20 years of service she was deployed to Iraq and was responsible for Airfield Engineering and Engineering capability across 12 major RAAF bases in Australia. On transferring to the Air Force Reserves, Cherie-Ann attended ADF Transition Seminars, received career coaching and successfully applied to undertake The Prince's Charities "Lead your Own Business" career transition course. Cherie-Ann is now using her skills and experience to complement her business training in developing her own organic skincare company, "Indira Organics" in Queensland.

Hear more of Cherie-Ann's transition story.

Joel Sardi
Candidate Liaison Officer
Ironside Recruitment

"Ex-Servicemen and women are great potential employees for a civilian employer. We come with a great set of values and skills. We are diligent, disciplined, respectful and professional."

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Joel joined the Army in 2011 as a rifleman and served for five years in 7 RAR, which included a deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2013. A keen sportsman, Joel represented the Army at national and inter-service AFL tournaments. Following a non-service related accident in August 2014, Joel sustained a serious spinal injury and is now a quadriplegic. Joel was supported by Defence during the transition process and began a placement at Ironside Recruitment in September 2015. He is now a Candidate Liaison Officer at Ironside, assisting and supporting other former ADF members to find civilian employment.

Hear more of Joel's transition story.

Renae Docherty
Integrated Logistics & Systems Support Manager
Northrop Grumman

"Employers receive an asset with so much training and experience. They get someone who is motivated and eager to do a great job."

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Renae joined the Army in October 2003. After her initial training at Kapooka she went on to develop hands-on skills in the finance and personnel fields in Army Pay Corps. During her Army career Renae deployed to Afghanistan and on return to Australia was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2. Renae received transition support from Defence when she left the Army to begin her civilian career. Renae is now an Integrated Logistics and Systems Support Manager with Northrop Grumman, a leading global security company, and is responsible for procurement, inventory, repairs and supply chain planning.

Hear more of Renae's transition story.

Richard Gorey
Manager Operations & Business
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

"Skills that I have learned in the Australian Defence Force, as I have progressed through the ranks, have helped me greatly in my civilian employment."

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Richard Gorey continues his Defence service today as a Petty Officer Diver in the Navy Reserve. His experience over more than two decades as a Navy diver has taught him leadership, time and organisational management skills that are highly valued and employed every day in his job with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services in Brisbane. As an Inspector and Manager of Operations and Business, Richard has a hands-on role managing events and resources, including multi-million dollar development projects.

Hear more of Richards's transition story.