Posted on May 2, 2019
I am getting more and more frustrated with this situation – and I hasten to add, NOT the people – whereby there is a pervasive view that on leaving the Forces, you need to consider a pay cut to get onto the employment ladder.
Of late, I have been talking to a number of people lately, many who have achieved senior rank status, amassed some great experiences, naturally developed high value transferable skills and are going to market with all this listed on their CV but then target jobs earning upto £20k less than they are being paid in the Military – Why?
Bottom Line Up Front – You are being paid what you are being paid in the Military, because you’re worth it! You deliver the Value! it is not “Danger Money”, nor is it “Austere Working Conditions” pay.
I don’t want to be the one to burst any bubbles here, but the MoD is not recognised as a top paying organisation, but they do have to pay market rates to retain people and stop them going to jobs in the civilian sector.
So, when you are considering your second career, look at jobs at least on parity pay, and preferably £3k – £5k more. You are worth it.
The only exceptions to this are: You want to step back and have a second career with less pressure and demands; or one that gives you more time freedom for family or pastimes; or you are changing into a completely new role and need to start at a lower grade in order to progress.
However, if you are maintaining the same role and moving into a managerial role, then you need to identify your core strengths, transferable skills and then get them onto your CV (perhaps using our mentoring service) and then address roles that you deserve and that pay what you are worth.
I have spoken to many of our veteran community. One particular person springs to mind who told me “Do you know, I accepted a lower job than I should have when I left and it took me over 6 years to get into a role that I was doing before I left!”
If anyone wants support on identifying those skills and needs to ensure that they are well and credibly listed on a CV, then get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org.