ADF career mentoring for International Women’s Day

Department of Defence

Darwin local, Celinia Morgado, took her first step towards reaching her potential, enlisting in the Royal Australian Navy the same week as International Women’s Day.

Celinia was one of five new recruits welcomed into the Navy from Darwin – a 17-year-old aspiring to an exciting career as an Aircraft Technician.

“The Navy offers a lifestyle that will provide new and different experiences that you aren’t going to find anywhere else,” Celinia said.

“My dream job in the Navy is to work on the advanced Seahawk Romeo and MRH90 helicopters.”

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, Specialist Recruiter for Women, Corporal Lorelei Williamson, and her team invited women from the Darwin region to attend special mentoring sessions to learn how they, like Celinia, could pursue rewarding careers in the ADF.

Corporal Williamson said she was excited to mentor the next generation of ADF women and showcase the equal opportunity careers within reach for women in the Navy, Army and Air Force.

“Career options for women in the ADF are as broad as our skills and capabilities. We are highly skilled technical professionals, we work on or take control of sophisticated equipment and we lead talented teams,” Corporal Williamson said.

The 2016 Defence White Paper highlights the need to increase the participation of women in the Defence workforce, increasing diversity in voice, opinion and experience.

Director of Military Recruitment, Captain Jan Noonan (Navy) said Defence is committed to improving opportunities for women and creating a fairer and more inclusive work environment.

“Significant progress has been made to improve employment pathways to increase the representation of women in ADF,” Captain Noonan said.

The ADF is most effective when the best Australian talent, male or female, is serving and contributing to our operations.

Defence has implemented gender diversity targets and embedded specialist female recruitment teams across Australia to raise the profile of the ADF as an employer of choice for Australian women.

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