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Have You Considered a “Portfolio Career”?

With this blog, I want to get people to expand their thinking horizons, though many will decide to discount this as an idea.  However, my reason for adding this blog is not to be controversial, but to identify a career option that leverages and exploits characteristics that many leaving the Forces possess:  versatility, multiple disciplines,…

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Ever Had that Feeling of Isolation? You’re Normal

Since being involved in the resettlement support game, around 20 years now, I have noticed a number of similarities in the transition process that I went through and others do.  There are similar thought processes and emotions people experience, and in time share.  Knowing about these feelings, and “outing” them, may help others to deal…

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A Matelot, A Pongo and a Crab are Standing in a Bar…

There is a great tradition within the Military for humour.  While it is a dark, gallows humour, it serves a purpose to lighten the mood in the austere environments in which service personnel find themselves.  The humour at times is very parochial and specific to units, regiments or services and understood by relatively few people. …

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How Do You Sell yourself at Interview?

Following on from my blog on CV writing, I see the same approach being used on job searches and within interviews: a scatter gun and over play approach. Many of those with whom I have worked go into a “Ground-rush” panic mode and apply for roles that they see on the various sites and through…

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Mental Health – The Battle Between the Ears

My army career came to an abrupt end the day I went on parade in my boots, beret and pyjamas. I was a Welbexian enlisted to Rowallan Company at Sandhurst and the intense physical and mental training combined with a severe lack of sleep had finally taken its toll. Up to this point I’d been…

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PTSD: The Disorder That Dare not Speak its Name

Ian Foulkes is our first contributing Blogger.  He draws on his experiences and highlights a major issue for many: I have PTSD. There you are, I’ve said it. But it took me years to admit to myself that I had a problem and when I did I felt a failure in some way that I…

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Adapting to Civvy Life

The vast majority of us joined the services at a tender age, and the Forces dictate to us how we act and react.  Instilled standards of dress, time-keeping, behaviour, respect remain with us when we depart the Services “Family”, and it is frequently these standards (or rather lack of) that surprise us as we migrate…

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Homelessness Among ExForces

Homelessness – Frankly, it “pees” me off!  Not because I am tired of having people ask if I can spare some change, but because, in a “first world nation” there is no need for it. Simples!

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What Does Your CV Say about You?

That is a bit of a stupid question, isn’t it?  Surely, it should say everything about you?  Surely the need is to give the prospective employer all the information they need to give you an interview?

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When Should You Start Your Resettlement?

So, when do you think that you should start your resettlement?  2 years before departure?  18 Months?  6 months? Hold that thought! I have presented on many occasions to serving members of our Armed Forces, and on many occasions, receive the answer that 6 months is sufficient.  Applying for jobs before that is pointless, as…

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POLL

At what point should you start the Resettlement Process?

  • More than 2 years before you depart? (67%, 2 Votes)
  • 2 years before departure? (33%, 1 Votes)
  • Around 6 months before last day? (0%, 0 Votes)
  • 12 Months prior to departure? (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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