Bob Carpenter, One Giant Leap Australia Foundation founding Director, passed away in 2023. Shortly before his passing, he wrote about his career in preparation for an article for Australian aviation magazine “Wings”. The following is Bob’s full account of his career, presented in tribute.
Bob had a diverse background in the defence and aviation sectors. He also facilitated defence and aviation training. In these roles, Bob recognised that the theory that students learn in the classroom must be supplemented with practical wide ranging experience to ensure that graduating students are able to think laterally as part of a team to overcome the challenges of their role;
“In an effort to bring my experience and training background in today’s world we supplement the curriculum with experiential learning” said Bob. Bob’s experience is the foundation of the education and training he helps facilitate today with One Giant Leap Australia Foundation.
“Leaving school at 15 with what was then known as the Intermediate Certificate, my parents wanted me to continue education and be the first in my family to attend University. But in those days (1963) jobs were plentiful and I began my career in the Commonwealth Bank.