Philip served with AFG for 2 years before deciding to discharge from the Australian Defence Force (ADF). During his time at AFG, Philip commenced studying part-time for a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Sociology and Philosophy.
Upon discharge, Philip finished his degree and has gone on to join the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) as a graduate. He is now a Senior Policy Officer working in the Employment Policy Section.
Before joining DVA, Philip worked for a number of small businesses while studying. Despite his technical skills, he said it was not easy to find a career after leaving the ADF and this motivates him to make life easier for those who are transitioning.
One of his proudest moments since leaving the ADF was graduating university. He was the first person in his family to do this, and while he found it hard being away from his family while studying, he was proud to graduate and start his new career.
Philip says his advice to others who are in the process of transition is ‘use the services you can. For example, the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment program website has a list of veteran friendly employers, registering for your Veteran card helps with entitlements and if you need support, get in touch with Open Arms. They do really good work’.
Thank you for your service Philip.