Life beyond Radford

Last updated 31.05.2019

Jane Landon

Class of 1995
OCCUPATION Naval Officer
Lives Kailua, United States
Attendance at radford Years 7-12
House Wandoo
Work history
  • Officer
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What does life look for you now?

I am married to Julien and together we have two young boys. I am an officer in the Navy and we are very fortunate to be living in Hawaii at the moment. Our kids spend most of the day barefoot and burning energy - it's been a wonderful time for all of us.

Tell us what you are passionate about?

More than anything, I am passionate about my family. My husband and I do our best to expose our kids to a range of experiences, cultures, perspectives and opportunities - we want them to have a childhood that they love, and one that prepares them well for the world beyond our home.

When you were young, what were you hoping to be when you grew up?

I always thought I would end up working as a journalist or in a creative industry - something like advertising or TV production.

What is your favourite Radford moment?

I remember LOVING Year 7 Camp, mostly loving Year 9 Camp and of course all the sports carnivals. I think the swimming and athletics carnivals were the highlights each year for me!

How easy was it to decide what to do in life?

I found my way into my profession by making a few course corrections along the way. But I don't expect to be doing the same thing forever - my husband and I have a long bucket list, but we are in no rush.

Did your further study or career go exactly as you'd planned?

No - I started studying advertising/marketing at uni, but it was nothing quite like I'd expected or hoped. 6 months into uni, I decided to apply to the Defence Force Academy and the following year I was studying as a young Naval officer.

What do you know now, that you wish you'd known when you were at Radford?

I completely overestimated the importance of a university education. Sure, it's important - but I really didn't even consider actually finding something I loved to do, and then finding a way to earn a living doing it. Success comes in many forms.

What advice do you have for current students?

Keep your options open; it's very difficult to know what you will want out of life in 5/10/20+ years' time.

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