Firms urged to identify jobseekers’ special skills
FORMER electronic warfare operator Rachel Ranton, of Brisbane, credits her successful transition into the banking sector to having a woman on the inside.
After 11 years in the Army, she knew she wanted to work in a broad sector where she could develop her career and when she applied at a St George branch, a staff member she had never met backed her up.
“One of the ladies that worked at the branch, her daughter was in the military and she said ‘this is the kind of person we want’,” Ms Ranton (pictured below) said.
St George recognised her leadership skills and put her straight into a branch management role.
Although her transition out of Defence was relatively smooth, Ms Ranton acknowledged the challenges other veterans faced.
“Organisations sometimes struggle to understand exactly what veterans can offer and how the skills are transferable, and veterans struggle to sell themselves and understand what they want to do next,” she said.
Ms Ranton is an inclusion and diversity consultant for Westpac, working on projects such as making the bank a supportive employer of people on the autism spectrum.
“All veterans are really good at working with whoever their team is – different personality types and seniority,” she said.
“That is a strength veterans bring to the workforce.”