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Amanda DeDear

Flinders University
Talent acquisition lead at Lockheed Martin
Amanda DeDear studied a Bachelor of Commerce and is a talent acquisition lead at Lockheed Martin.

What's your name and job title?

Amanda DeDear – Talent acquisition lead.

What did you study?

Bachelor of Commerce – graduated in 2000.

What does your company do and why is it employing graduate students?

Lockheed Martin is an industry leader in defence and technology, employing more than 1,000 people in Australia who contribute to a workforce of more than 100,000 around the world. In Australia, we work on next generation pilot training, combat systems integration, rotary wing systems and sustainment, fifth generation air combat capability and surveillance across air, sea, land and space domains.

Graduate recruitment is a key focus for us here at Lockheed Martin, and integral to building future capability across the business. Graduates bring new knowledge and new ways of thinking, so it’s an important early careers pathway that helps grow and evolve our business.

What should graduates know about a career at your company before they decide to pursue one?

Our graduates can look forward to a career where they will continually learn and where they will contribute to technically challenging and interesting work. They will be supported by a team of like-minded peers and leaders.

The Lockheed Martin Australia Graduate Development Program is designed to expose graduates to unique professional and personal learning and development opportunities. As an integral part of the team, graduates will be contributing to stimulating and ground-breaking projects.

What can graduates expect to do on a day-to-day basis?

Our graduates tell us that no two days are the same! They are part of the team and their opinions are listened to and valued.

What sort of training do grads receive?

Our two-year graduate development program overlays ongoing personal and professional development with on the job training gained within the engineering community contributing to complex technical programs.

What qualifications are required?

For our graduate development program, we are seeking completion of relevant tertiary qualifications in the fields of engineering, maths, IT and computer sciences.

What types of interview formats are used during the interview process?

We utilise several styles of interviews to engage with candidates throughout the recruitment process. Interviews also provide an important opportunity for candidates to learn more about us and get to know our team – so we see interviews as being equally important for candidates too.

What advice would you give to job seekers in terms of applying and interviewing for jobs in this sector?

It’s important to research the companies you are applying for. Research more than just what they do; research their ethics, culture and investment in continued development of their employees.  

What characteristics or skills does a graduate need to succeed at your company?

  • Team focus
  • Proactivity
  • Solutions orientated.

Lockheed Martin’s values are also personal attributes that we look for in recruiting our graduates. These values are:

  • Do What's Right
  • Respect Others
  • Perform With Excellence

What do you hear graduates say is the best thing about their work? Which kind of task do they enjoy the most?

Our graduates tell us that they are motivated coming to work knowing they make a difference. They enjoy contributing to a team where they are engaging in interesting technical activities that influence some of Australia’s largest projects.

Are there any challenges that graduates can expect to face?

We understand that when you are starting your career there can be challenges. In addition to being supported by your leader, our graduates have individual mentors within the business to engage with, seek feedback from and regularly talk to.

What is the future employment outlook for careers in your sector? How is the field changing?

The future is extremely bright! Lockheed Martin Australia is continuing to grow. As an industry leader in defence and technology, our graduates will have exciting careers ahead, working at the forefront of technology across air, sea, land and space domains.

Which three pieces of advice would you give to a current university student?

  • Get involved in activities that will practically utilise your studies. The university has many extra-curricular activities to get involved in. This helps cement your learning and will also help point you towards areas of interest for future career decisions.
  • Be passionate about continued learning. Seek out opportunities to learn in the workplace and find an amazing mentor who inspires you and you can learn from. Be committed to developing your personal and professional skills as well as your technical skills.
  • Be diligent about your graduate career decision – it can shape your career!