It is a common misconception that individuals leave the Armed Forces with skill sets that are not easily transferable to other walks of life. But this simply isn’t the case, as many of the skills learned in the armed forces can be put to practical use in a wide range of environments.
The key for ex-forces personal, and for recruiters, revolves around making people aware of the options that exist. This starts with online correspondence, job fairs and any number of other events.
The Careers Transition Partnership (CTP) recruitment event is one such example and Paul Cunningham, Relationship Manager at Capita, attended the most recent event to help showcase the options available.
As a former member of the Armed Forces, he sees the event as a chance to meet people, discuss their needs, and detail the many paths available to them.
He explains that wearing his veteran’s badge helps to break down barriers, enabling him to talk about anything from nuclear roles, to security, health and safety or project management.
The nuclear industry was a particular focus for the CTP event and the team that attended spoke to many individuals about opportunities in deconstructive and project engineering, while encouraging them to sign up to Nuclear Works, which details roles that are currently available.
Building on strong existing skill sets
All of these roles, and many others, can draw on the diverse range of skills developed in the army and can build on the core values that are developed – known as CDRILS.
- Respect for others
- Selfless Commitment
Many of these are applicable to all walks of life and are skills that can fit seamlessly into modern work settings.
Army members can also undertake recruitment and skills courses in order to boost their employability – the former can set up for a career in HR or recruitment, while the latter can plug any skills gaps.
Such training also provides valuable insight for soldiers and officers about job hunting and recruiting processes, some of whom may never have previously searched for employment.
What opportunities exist?
It’s worth remembering the scale that the army operates at; there are hundreds of different roles for soldiers and officers and each requires their own specific set of skills.
It also means that there are individuals from a massively diverse set of backgrounds, but it is still possible to find opportunities for them.
Capita has more than 75,000 staff spread across the UK and has openings that can suit nearly all soldiers or officers, regardless of whether they’ve served for five or 25 years.
For Paul, an injury while with the army saw him retrain as a HR specialist, a role he was involved with for 15 years from 1996.
He reveals that dealing with all levels of individuals (from Private soldiers to Generals) while in the army enabled him to adjust his presentation skills to various audiences.
Paul explains that desk duties that come with the rank of SSgt/ Warrant Officer, or the equivalent when in the military, also mean that individuals do have some exposure to office-based working environment.
Following his time in the forces, he has held roles involving administration for bomb disposal and unexploded ordnance, to site safety supervisor for chemical sites and management in the oil and gas sector.
His role at Capita came somewhat by chance, after he was approached for a role despite initially recommending it to a friend – although his skillset meant he was better suited.
While he says an office environment is not for everyone, the stability that comes with guaranteed working patterns can make it advantageous, while he also praised the office atmosphere as being a comfortable place in which to work.
Maintaining strong military ties
Capita also recruits for positions within the Armed Forces and actively encourages its staff to consider the Volunteer Reserve Forces.
Employees who serve can receive up to 10 days of paid leave for training commitments, as the firm recognises their contribution and the transferable skills that can be developed when serving.
This forms part of an effort to develop a community within the firm of serving Reservists and former military personnel that can support existing work with the military.
Capita is also part of The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant which recognises the value that serving personnel, veterans and military families can contribute to the business.
If you were a member of the Armed Forces and are keen to consider your options, contact Capita as there are a wide range of opportunities that may suit your skill set.
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