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

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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.

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."

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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."

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"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.

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