US Defence career path more visible than Australian options, says Raytheon

Raytheon director of emerging markets Mark Noyes has flagged the high visibility of the military within US culture as a key driver of talent acquisition for the defence industry.

"I think in the States [the] military is a lot more visible, you know, every time I've flown to the States there's always [people] in uniform on that plane," said Noyes. "There's always acknowledgement about the work of [the] service people, no matter where you go and I think that's a very good thing."

Noyes said Raytheon itself was very active in developing an interest among young talent in potentially pursuing a career in the defence sector.

"We go in to local elementary schools and we try to help those teachers and those instructional professionals infuse … students with a sense of excitement about math and engineering early on, so that we start them down a track that maybe they weren't exposed to at home," he added.

"[It’s] about the excitement of being an engineer [working] with new technologies, [and who] actually sees that technology come to fruition and ultimately get fielded to help our war fighters."

"I don't think in Australia that when you go through school here or university you ever really think about defence industry as a potential career option, and I think in the States your military is a lot more visible," he noted, adding that locally, Raytheon Australia focuses strongly on its collaboration with Questacon and its associated STEM activities.

"That's maybe part of the, I guess you'd say, the Raytheon culture a little bit across the board," Noyes said.

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