As part of the ongoing series to highlight the diversity of careers and experiences in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), we will be featuring men and women who have served and moved on to new careers in the civilian world.
We need to do more to support our veterans during transition from the ADF. But we also have to tell the positive stories to encourage business and industry leaders to employ veterans.
As Mark Donaldson VC says 'hiring a veteran is good for your business'.
Feel free to suggest other positive and practical steps that are needed to improve services but please don't criticise the veterans themselves who have agreed to tell their stories to help inspire and encourage others.
Growing up in Townsville, Karen Cahill often watched the Blackhawks and Chinook helicopters flying over the city. She knew then it was something she wanted to be a part of.
Serving in the Australian Army for 12 years, Karen was an integral part of the planning and conduct of flying operations. After achieving the rank of Sergeant and several career milestones, she felt it was time to change direction and is now training to be a civilian emergency medical dispatcher.
Karen said attending the ADF transition seminar highlighted how important it was to plan for leaving Defence and take advantage of the services and support available for members and their families.
"I attended a Job Search Preparation workshop organised through my ADF Transition Centre and learnt how to link my military qualifications, skills and aptitude to what potential employers were looking for."