Former Patrician Brothers’ College student Midshipman Kane Kasemchainan’s journey to the Royal Australian Navy started with a placement in the Defence Work Experience Program.

The national program provides opportunities for students to experience a work placement in the Australian Defence Force and Australian Public Service.

Up to 3000 students each year participate in the program, experiencing a wide variety of trades, technical disciplines, specialist military roles, support roles and traditional professions the ADF and APS have to offer.

A budding engineer at heart, Midshipman Kasemchainan was motivated to find out what opportunities were on offer within the Department of Defence.

He enrolled in a four-day Royal Australian Air Force placement held at RAAF Base Richmond in March 2018.

“It was the best thing that I have ever done,” Midshipman Kasemchainan said.

The program provided a comprehensive insight into the RAAF and into the opportunities of an ADF career that are not available in everyday life.

Midshipman Kasemchainan attended a Navy Careers Day in August 2018, and committed himself to joining the Navy.

As someone with no prior experience of the ADF, he said his experience with the Defence Work Experience Program opened his eyes to the possibilities of a Defence career.

The commissioned officer graduated last month after undertaking basic training at HMAS Creswell in Jervis Bay. 

He will complete a further six months of training with the Navy, before joining the Australian Defence Force Academy  in 2021 to study a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.

Upon completion, he aims to become a weapons electrical engineering officer submariner.