Defence jobs are secure during COVID-19 and former Bundaberg local Adam Wright is leading the charge to recruit.
Corporal Wright is sharing his story to encourage the next generation to pursue rewarding and fulfilling careers in the Australian Defence Force.
Adam is a Communications Systems Operator in the Army and he's currently posted to Defence Force Recruiting Maroochydore as a careers coach.
He grew up in Bundaberg and joined the Australian Defence Force straight out of high school.
He’s been in the Army for 12 years.
“I enjoy the diverse working environment, being able to travel,” he said.
“I’ve served all over Australia, deployed overseas a number of times and even played a part in supporting Australian visits for Barack Obama and Prince Charles.”
Communication Systems Operators manage high-tech radio and satellite systems on land, in the air or at sea in order to enable the army to communicate effectively.
“I wasn’t incredibly tech savvy before I joined,” Adam said.
“Defence gave me the opportunity to take on a new challenge outside of my comfort zone. I was able to gain qualifications in an area that was very new to me.”
Adam said he was always meeting new people and gaining a broad range of skills beyond his trade.
“For me this has included parachuting, fast roping from helicopters and survival courses to name a few,” he said.
“You don’t require experience or qualifications to pursue an ADF career. The ADF pays you while you train and you can earn industry-recognised qualifications.”
There are more than 200 different roles in the ADF spaning across the Navy, Army and RAAF.
Some of the roles currently in demand are:
- Electronics technician: maintain advanced missile systems, navigation equipment, radar, surveillance equipment, communication networks and more
- Chef: plan and prepare food in diverse environments, ranging from well-equipped base facilities to field kitchens on exercises and operations.
- Warehouse coordinator: Manage the receipt, storage and delivery of equipment and supplies that are vital to Army capability, on base and on deployments, in this important logistics role.
You can learn more by visiting www.defencejobs.gov.au or by calling 13 19 01.