Seagoing Work Experience Working
Work experience opportunities are giving students
with an interest Defence careers a chance to get hands-on with
Navy life, getting to sea and understanding the roles that might
start the passion of a lifetime.
For Canberra College Senior Cameron Moncrieff, taking part in the
inaugural Defence Work Experience Program - Women in Navy
Leadership Camp at HMAS Creswell has paved the way for a career
in the Australian Defence Force.
Ms Moncrieff, 17, said taking part in last year's four-day camp
on the New South Wales south coast made the Navy a firm career
"I have always been interested in the Navy, but taking part in
the camp really sparked my interest in a career as a Maritime
Warfare Officer," she said.
"We attended some extremely helpful and informative sessions,
such as a meeting with some senior female officers who spoke
about leadership and what it meant to them, and spent the last
day onboard HMAS Ballarat."
Since participating in the camp, Ms Moncrieff has continued her
association with the Navy with a recent one-week stint onboard
"The week on Parramatta was the second work experience I was
fortunate enough to attend," she said.
"We left from Garden Island, and while at sea I discovered so
many things about the Navy that I never would have otherwise
"We had a chance to look at all the departments on the ship, but
the bridge was by far my favourite place to be and further
cemented my decision to become a Warfare Officer. We even got to
witness a missile launch.
"Overall, the experience has had a huge influence in my choice to
join Navy and is one I will never forget."
Ms Moncrieff has also attended several Women in Defence Q&A
panel information sessions in Canberra.
"These sessions have been really useful for giving me an
opportunity to ask questions of women who are currently serving
in Defence, and getting their perspectives," she said.
"I have also attended the annual Australian Defence Force Academy
Open Day, which was awesome!
"It was another fantastic opportunity to talk with the midshipmen
in a relaxed setting, as well as some of the academic staff."
The series of Australian Defence Force experiences has put Ms
Moncrieff in good stead to begin the formal recruitment process.
"I discovered so many things that I never would have otherwise
known and I can now enter into the recruitment process knowing
with more certainty what I want to do," she said.
"I have a long way to go in the recruiting process, but I feel
these activities have provided me with a great insight; an
opportunity to get a feel for what I want to do, and plenty of
opportunity to ask questions.
"I hope that others are offered the same opportunities I have
been fortunate enough to experience.
"I am excited and nervous about what lies ahead, but feel much
more confident and well prepared."
Mar 18, 2017