Australian Defence Force offers great career prospects
A CAREER in the Australian Defence Force provides experiences, challenges and opportunities completely out of reach in the civilian world.
Add to that great pay, free health care and subsidised housing and education, and you've got the recipe for a fantastic career - for men and women.
Squadron Leader Amanda Gosling is a 12-year veteran of the air force and works as an aerospace engineer - aeronautical, and has also taken on the role of Specialist Recruitment Officer for Women.
"I am responsible for spreading the word that there are amazing opportunities for women in the air force and to open up their minds to the possibility of pursuing a career in a job that they may not have ever heard of let alone ever considered," Sqn Ldr Gosling said.
She said an air force career was generally not dependent on prior experience or training, and came with benefits and opportunities not available in civilian careers.
"I was initially attracted to the air force for the opportunities; to have my degree and leadership training paid for followed by a guaranteed job where I would be able to work with state-of-the-art technology," she said.
"The air force selects people based on their personal values and potential and then trains them to perform a particular job. You don't need previous experience or training for almost all of the 60 jobs available.
"There are many benefits from working in the air force; importantly the air force is an equal opportunity employer with merit-based promotions, excellent remuneration, free health care, housing assistance, education assistance and access to flexible working arrangements."
While old stereotypes still linger - namely, Defence jobs are for men - Sqn Ldr Gosling said she found herself constantly answering a different question.
"If I had a dollar for every time I was asked if I was a pilot I would be a millionaire," she said.
"I think the biggest misconception is that everyone in the air force is a pilot, when in fact there are over 60 different jobs in the air force and only one is a pilot."
Sqn Ldr Gosling said one of the highlights of her career so far was deploying to the Middle East Area of Operations on Operation Slipper.
"I was the maintenance officer-in- charge of three C-130 Hercules aircraft and 30 maintenance personnel," she said.
"We operated 24/7 for four months in an isolated and extreme environment. It was a huge challenge, as a manager and a leader I was able to keep the team working together, focused on the mission and having some fun along the way."