Diggers a goldmine of hidden talents
DEFENCE Force personnel are up to six times more likely to have the skills employers want, yet many struggle to find work when returning to civilian life.
They outperform the general Australian population in eight of the 12 most in-demand skills identified by business leaders, new research from Westpac and LinkedIn reveals.
Despite this, veterans had an 8 per cent unemployment rate 13 months after leaving the Defence Force — much higher than the overall Australian workforce’s 5.4 per cent.
Westpac chief executive for consumer bank and Veterans’ Employment Industry Advisory Committee chair George Frazis said veterans often struggled to communicate their skills to employers and did not have large civilian networks they could rely on.
Many veterans were also in roles that underused their abilities. Tom Larter, ANZ chief executive officer of the employment and training organisation WithYouWithMe, experienced this first hand after serving in the army for 13 years as an infantry officer and then taking a job as an arborist, chopping down trees.
To address this issue, WithYouWithMe offers veterans free career guidance, training and access to employers, and will host a careers expo at the Invictus Games from October 20 to 27.