Career Transition After Defence: A Veteran’s Guide to Navigating ‘What’s Next’.

The Elite Collective Guest Blog Featuring Ironside Resources

Career Transition After Defence: A Veteran’s Guide to Navigating 'What’s Next'.

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I’m one of the founders and the COO of Ironside Resources, a recruitment agency for Veterans of the ADF and their families. I’m thrilled to be collaborating with with Adriana at The Elite Collective to create a short blog series offering some actionable advice on how to connect with your “what’s next” in your career.

For over a decade now, we’ve supported more than 1000 ADF Veterans and spouses into new careers by partnering with fantastic companies in various industries across Australia, and connecting you to them!

As Veterans, and Veteran family members, we understand your unique contribution and how transferable your skills and work experience is. Find out more about our services and our jobs board for Veterans on our website.


We really do know that transitioning from the structured world of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to civilian life can feel like stepping into uncharted territory. But fear not, because we’ve been there too, and we understand the challenges you’re facing. At Ironside Resources, we’re not just recruiters; we’re Veterans and Veteran spouses on a mission to help you navigate this journey with confidence and purpose.


Discovering Opportunities that Fit Your Skills

We know firsthand the incredible skills and experiences gained during your time in the ADF. From leadership under pressure to technical expertise, your capabilities are in high demand across various industries. Fields such as trades, logistics, security, and project management often seek the specific skill sets that Veterans possess. Success stories of Veterans in these fields can be incredibly inspiring and provide a roadmap for others. Ironside Resources plays a pivotal role in highlighting these paths and connecting Veterans with these opportunities.

Identifying Transferable Skills

Identifying and articulating the skills developed during military service is crucial. Leadership, teamwork, strategic planning, and adaptability are highly sought after in the civilian job market. For instance, leadership experience translates into effective team and project management, while the discipline and strategic thinking honed in Defence are inv aluable in corporate roles. Adriana and her team at The Elite Collective can help you articulate these. Our goal at Ironside Resources is to connect you with opportunities that not only recognise but celebrate your unique skill set.

It's About More Than Just Skills

We believe that your military experience is just the beginning of your story. What truly sets you apart is your attitude and resilience. We believe that with the right mindset and a willingness to learn, you can conquer any challenge that comes your way.

Embracing the Learning Curve

Transitioning to civilian life may mean starting in a “learning role” to gain industry-specific experience. It’s a chance to expand your knowledge, adapt to new environments, and grow both personally and professionally.

Trust us, we’ve been there too, and we’re here to help you navigate this phase with confidence.

Finding Your Footing in the Defence Industry

The Defence industry can be a natural starting point for your civilian career journey. It offers a familiar environment where you can leverage your expertise while transitioning into civilian roles. Consider it a “safe space to land” as you explore new opportunities and expand your horizons and importantly, build your commercial knowledge, before you move on to a new industry.

Networking and Resources for a Successful Career Transition

There’s no cheat sheet for this transition, but you also don’t have to figure it out alone.

Recruitment agencies like us at Ironside Resources play a crucial role in bridging the gap between Veterans and civilian careers. We are not just advisors; we are connectors who have established relationships with a wide range of employers across various industries. This gives us the ability to open doors for Veterans through a side door, unlike direct applications through platforms like SEEK job advertisements. Our extensive network allows us to match your skills and experiences with the right opportunities, often before they are publicly advertised.


We understand the nuances of the job market and can guide you through the entire process, from “telling your story” to interview preparation. Partnering with Ironside Resources means gaining access to hidden job markets and increasing your chances of landing the perfect role that aligns with your aspirations and capabilities.

What’s next for you?

As you embark on this next chapter of your life, remember that you’re not alone. Whether you’re seeking guidance, connections, or simply someone who understands, there are so many supports for you – it’s up to you to make the best use of them! Let’s connect!

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