12 March 2024

New podcast helps ADF members transition to civilian life

| Andrew McLaughlin
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Veteran Talissa Papamau interviews Aaron Cornwall in Episode 1 of the podcast. Photo: Screenshot.

A podcast designed to help Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel navigate the challenges of transitioning to civilian life has been launched by the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC) through its Vets Hub service.

Hosted by veterans David Wilton and Talissa Papamau, the Prosper podcast features raw, real and honest veteran conversations on finding financial wellbeing after service.

Each 25- to 30-minute episode of Prosper features the story of an ADF veteran or family member, and explores their departure from the ADF and the challenges they had to overcome while re-entering civilian life.

Issues such as finding a new career, achieving a comfortable retirement, moving families out of ADF accommodation and overcoming isolation from ADF friends are all challenges faced by veterans, and these can be eased by accessing support through CSC’s Vets Hub.

The podcasts are presented in a clear, calm and professional video and audio format, with stories and case studies many veterans will be able to relate to.

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More than 6000 ADF personnel transition to civilian life – either voluntarily or involuntarily – every year, half of whom are in their 20s and 30s. These transitions can be prompted by a desire for a career change, retirement, medical condition or injury.

CSC defence and veterans liaison David Wilton said Prosper was about veterans hearing real experiences of other veterans about how they transitioned to civilian life.

“Transitioning out of the ADF can be a deeply challenging experience, often requiring the veteran to find a new source of income, begin a new career, or prepare for retirement,” he said.

“What Prosper shows is that light exists at the end of this tunnel. A successful transition is achievable and there’s plenty of help along the way.

Prosper is based on the premise that nobody understands the transition to civilian life like veterans who have done it themselves.

“Every veteran carries their own unique experience, and this podcast is about creating a platform to share their personal stories and advice with ADF workers who are considering a life after service.”

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CSC senior manager, brand, marketing, communications and digital engagement Matthew Wong said Prosper would help empower CSC members to make informed decisions about their financial future and encourage them to engage with CSC.

“Podcast was our medium of choice for capturing raw and honest veteran experiences of achieving financial wellbeing after service,” he said.

“We want CSC members to listen to each Prosper conversation and feel informed, inspired and confident about managing their financial situation in the next life stage.

“The series will play a critical role in the way CSC engages with veteran members.”

The first series of Vets Hub presents Prosper has six episodes, and the first two are now available on the Vets Hub webpage.

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