It seems from some posts recently that some are finding it difficult to plan for the transition from matelot to civie. Hopefully the information below may be helpful. Preparing for Civvie Street When Should I start? From your joining date ideally you should be preparing for life as a civilian. Of course very few do this. What can I do? Whichever trade you are in will have some elements which are useful to civilian employers. Try and identify these elements and build on them. Look at the local evening college prospectus and try to determine any civilian qualifications worth pursuing. Those in the electrical branches will definitely enhance their prospects by completing C&G 2381 (16th Edition). Don't forget everyone has an educational allowance which can be used to offset some of the course costs. There will be other courses suitable for other trades. No matter which branch by the time you have reached leading hand or above you will have gained supervisory skills and possibly administration skills. Don't think that because you are in a certain branch you have to remain in that line of work for ever. Think laterally, try and identify all skills that you have acquired during your service time. Use your education officer. If he doesn't know he should be able to find out. Use the resettlement service, do as many courses as you can manage during your final; two years. Work on your c.v. Try and identify the civilian elements of your job and word your c.v. accordingly, a prospective employee (unless his is naval orientated business) will not know what a seaman specialist or writer actually does. A good c.v. is the thing which opens doors to interview, make sure it is well presented, no spelling mistakes and concise. The Interview You're ex RN so it stands to reason that you will be on time, well dressed and clean. Try to speak clearly, answer questions truthfully and remember to do a bit of homework on the company. Housing Not many employers offer a company house so ideally start thinking about housing yourself and your family at an early stage in your career. If you intend moving back to your original area make sure that you get your details put on the council waiting list at the earliest opportunity. If you can afford to buy, then buy as soon as possible. House prices are rising far more quickly than wages. Please feel free to add to this list of tips.