RSL Employment Program helps Veteran Set Sail in Dream Job

For ex-Navy veteran Mark, landing his dream job was an achievement he was not confident he’d ever see after being administratively discharged in 2017.

Mark decided to reach out to RSLWA Employment Officer, Sherry Baxter, where he received help to develop his resume and some career development opportunities which lead to some referrals to various short-term positions.

The last was a short-term contract role at the State Health Incident Control Centre (SHICC), which greatly boosted his confidence before Sherry helped Mark land his dream job in September last year in a search and rescue role at Cobham Aviation.

Sherry was so excited to receive Mark’s message about his successful interview.

“I just wanted to let you know that I have been offered the Search and Rescue role with Cobham Aviation,” Mark wrote.

“It was a long drawn out process due to my police check, but for the first time ever a company asked questions about it, asked for my story and to put it all in context for them to make a more informed decision.

“It seems the RSL, and you in particular, are my little guardian angel. Without you I wouldn’t have got this role with the Health Department and now this one with Cobham.

“Thank you so much for all your help and persisting with me, even though I am sure I ignored a bunch of emails from you back in the beginning.”

Sherry said Mark had struggled with the potential negative implications his discharge may have had on finding suitable employment.

“It is just so wonderful to get news like Mark’s. It is so rewarding to help people like Mark overcome barriers and transition from defence back into the workforce,” she said.

Veterans seeking employment can read about the RSL Veterans’ Employment Program at the RSLWA website, or contact the RSLWA Employment Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 9287 3724.

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