Posted on March 15, 2018
Many of us join(ed) the military with a wish to wear a specific colour uniform, and we were pretty ambivalent to the trade or role that we got. The tests for joining the Military are based primarily on aptitude.
At school many of us went through a Career Guidance test, paper based or software based, that gave us some options on the kind of career that we should seek at the end of our education. These tests are based on aptitude and interests, and some, only on our interests.
Job satisfaction is something that many do not consider. We do a job because of the necessity to bring in a wage, put food on the table and a roof over our heads. Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs has identified the things that contribute to our contentedness.
The NHS recognises that employment is a primary determinant of mental health and wellbeing, but being happy and fulfilled in that role is incrementally beneficial to our mood and feeling of completeness.
Often, within this community, I talk to people who are discontented with their lot in life, and much of this dissatisfaction is based on the lack of engagement they have with the job role. It is merely a means to an end: £££.
Because of the way in which we were recruited into the Military, and I am not complaining, it is by necessity, people can be, in the main, insistent on following that career path, or a minor element of it, as and when they finish their military career.
Ally to this the experience of being posted every 2 – 4 years, in most cases, it is understandable that there is a recognition that service leavers tend to have a justified reputation of moving on from their first role out of the Military, within 24 – 36 months. I do admit that many do find a good role and remain in situ for longer, and so, I have to confess to generalising based on my 20 years’ experience.
Identifying a second career can often be quite difficult, and people often resort to the “Trial and Error” method, before finding something that really gets their commitment, and is a synergistic opportunity.
ExForcesNet is set up to support people in articulating their value from the military, detailing their transferable skills in a way that is understood as value for the receiving organisation, and also finding a role that suits their aspirations. I have been on the lookout for that organisation that can provide a similar service to that we had at age 14 – 16, and this week, have found one of those companies, and at an affordable price, with models that are supported and unsupported.
Morrisby (www.morrisby.com) provide Career Guidance software and it can be further enhanced with some support from a Career Guidance Counsellor on what the report details for the direction you should consider.
Let’s face it, if you are going to be spending so much time working, then you might as well do something that engages you, interests you, and consumes you.
Alas, I have missed my opportunity to be a PGA Golfer, but I am fully engaged in providing a smoother transition for the Brother and Sisterhood in between the rounds.
If you want any more information, or have some thoughts on how this kind of technology could be employed in the Transition Process, then please leave a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org.