Posted on March 19, 2019
Wow! This week has been one of multiple streams of inspiration for my Blog… and to think, when I started blogging, I wondered how I would keep the subjects current and interesting… current is more important, you decide if they are interesting!
So, this week, the first one was identity after job loss, but, today, having spoken with a veteran, I think it more important to look at the prospect jumping for the first job that you are offered, then seeking a better option later, as a strategy for approaching the job market.
In the military, we are trained to take one objective, re-group, evaluate, resupply and then move to the next objective; great in the operational context, but disastrous in the employment market. Why? Well here are a couple of reasons:
- You could end up in a dead-end job.
- You could start in a dead-end job and then spend years trying to get to where you should have been when you left the forces… something commensurate with your skills and capabilities.
My thinking is that, as service leavers or ex-service people, we bring enough to the table to deliver value into any organisation we join. I have seen enough evidence over 21 years of working with my brothers and sisters going through transition to recognise the empirical value we all bring to the civilian workplace.
All we need to do is learn how to annunciate it and make sure the employer sees the value we bring, however, this needs to be done with some consideration on where we need to place ourselves to be in a role that gives us what we need from our work life… YES, I said it… we do get something from the work place; it fulfils us, it identifies us, it rewards us and it affirms us.
Jumping for any job to keep the money coming in can be negated by doing some early self-analysis. I’m not talking about the hippie-new-age travelling to India to find yourself, but looking at one of the on-line software skill evaluation solutions:
- Skills Health Check (Google it) from the National Career Service (a .gov site) is a series of tests that can give you some introspection on where your skills are and where you should be directing your job search efforts.
- morrisby.com have a paid solution with a Career Consultation included and, based on my work in this area, for a very reasonable price.
My advice to anyone changing careers, in resettlement, going through circumstance changes or even just finding themselves unfulfilled in their current role is, look inside and look to do something that you enjoy… we spend over one third of our lives in work, you might as well enjoy it.
As a service leaver, wouldn’t you rather find a role that you can stay in for 4 to 5 years before seeking advancement and change rather than going into a role to “make do” and then spending 5-6 years trying to get a role that you should have taken when you left? Don’t laugh, I have seen it happen on numerous occasions…
Be who you are, be as capable as you are and be confident!