Carly Bakes

At the end of high school all Carly Bakes wanted to do was be a part of the Australian Defence Force—much to her parent’s surprise.

8 May 2020

Carly Bakes in Navy uniformAt the age of 18 she boarded the Australian Navy bus headed for HMAS Cerberus and went on to serve in the Navy for seven years as a Maritime Logistics and Supply Chain sailor. 

Carly’s career saw her post to a number of locations around Australia and in 2018 she deployed to Operation Mazurka in Egypt. When she returned home she started to think about leaving the Navy. 

“I decided it was time to leave as I had recently graduated with a Bachelors of Business – Logistics and Supply Chain Management and wanted to further explore the commercial aspects of supply chain management and challenge myself in a new industry,” Carly said. 

Family have played a big part in Carly’s career and remain a key resource of support and encouragement. She said they have always been by her side in all the decisions she has made, especially the one to transition. 

Transitioning to civilian life in February Carly is now working for Safran Electronics and Defense Australasia in Sydney. She is managing the strategic end-to-end supply chain planning and execution, Australian industry capability supply chain implementation and logistics support across a range of contracts.

Carly Bakes“I am enjoying my new job as I have been able to easily translate and apply the skills and specialist knowledge I learnt in the Australian Defence Force to my new role,” said Carly.

A love for lifelong learning is seeing Carly study a Masters of Business Administration and also a course on viticulture, with the hope of making her own wine one day. Carly has also turned her hand to small DIY renovations on the house she has recently bought with her partner Luca.

Carly’s advice to members transitioning, or thinking of transitioning, is to utilise everything you can to sell your skills and experiences and remember you are not alone in the process, reach out to family, friends, other veterans and your transition coach for support.