Sucessfull Resettlement

#1
As part of a study for a course used in my own resettlement i am interested in a wide variety of thoughts and opinions into what makes a successful transition from the armed forces. Such as aid with a CV, job placement and aid in relocation, translating transferable skills, and qualifications relevant to the time in the services and civvy street, Would giving a qualification recognised in civvy street have an adverse effect on retention or a positive effect on transition. Above are a few topics which i have seen cause concern but i am interested in as many opinions and ideas as possible into what makes a successful transition from the armed forces.
Assistance in this would be greatly appreciated
 
#3
I thought the hardest part of resettlement was getting used to the civilian workplace attitude of its not my job and why rush when you can coast along at snail speed. Another thing is people making their own little empires, especially not sharing knowledge, that still grips me now 9 years after having left.
 

BigD1980

Lantern Swinger
#4
I thought the hardest part of resettlement was getting used to the civilian workplace attitude of its not my job and why rush when you can coast along at snail speed. Another thing is people making their own little empires, especially not sharing knowledge, that still grips me now 9 years after having left.
Luckily I've walked into a job which is very similar to my Navy role just with better work life balance and flexi time working with no sea time mostly all ex SM's also.
 
#5
I have worked in a school, an engineering company as the electrical manager, a technical officer for an engineering company and twice in power generation, without a doubt the power generation is the most like the mob, 8 veterans out of a staff of 50, one ex RN SR on each of the five shifts....
 
#9
do your homework on any potential jobs you go for, find out about the job and company. All of my jobs have come from recruiters' head hunting. Help with CV, none. Agree with @BARNEYRNSM civies can be a bunch of narrow minded back stabbing bastards, some are ok, you don't tend to find mates like you had in the mob. That's after 19 years out.

edit look at your future job market well in advance, so you can get the skills needed, target your recruiters who are specialist in that area, no one will kick down your door to offer you work, no drafty out side, you have to do the chasing even take interviews just for the practice, as for feedback as to the good bad part of interview. My last feed back was my skimmer knowledge was dated, no shit last skimmer was in 1984
 
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#10
The role you had in the mob, certainly as a senior rate is about a quarter of what our "shift team leaders" do, and all we do is operate, it's very much one man one job, however not as bad as the Americans, I am talking about the jobs I have had, I obviously can't speak for all jobs.

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#11
Living down South, I was put on a running boat from Faslavatory for my last 18 months, but was PROMISED that there would be time for all my EVTs etc at the end....... can you see where this is going?

NADA - didn't even get to spend all the money on a useless 4 week holiday, sorry, foreign based, work related course.

Got jobs in the defence arena and had a ball, since still working on war canoes, boats etc with a lot of exRN from tech backgrounds. But civvy bosses - different mind set - run away from a fire, not towards it.....

Watch these civvies, a lot of them are fearfull of ex Forces. SWMBO thinks they are insecure as the Forces chaps are so full on and just get things done, not to mention having their own language!
 
#12
Completely different from my EVTs, last draft three and a half years shore based teaching, could pick and choose which EVTs I wanted, no dramas at all. Luck of the draw sometimes!

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#13
Barney

Black cat time. I put my notice in in May of 2007 and ticked the early release box. I got a job and was on my terminal leave by September!

All change since then I know. Funny thing was the resettlement team in Guzz trying to tell me what I should be looking to do outside when I had already decided to go into the Oil & Gas industry. I even had to fight with them to get the offshore survival booked!

Best part of the resettlement course was the interview technique preparation and dummy interviews. I did it 4 days before my first interview which resulted in the job.
 
#16
But civvy bosses - different mind set - run away from a fire, not towards it.....
First job in a food factory whilst still on terminal leave (good pay and I looked on it as semi retirement at the time), one of the ceiling lighting units caught fire and started dripping burning plastic over the deck. I picked up a clean down hose with a jet nozzle attachment and put the fire out from about 20 ft away.
First thing shift manager says -'You are supposed to run away from the fire and activate a fire alarm'. Me - 'Couldn't see an alarm but I could see a means of putting the fire out'. I also told the shift manager I would do exactly the same again. She walked away muttering but we got on great after that - she had never dealt with matelots before bless her!
Never did get a thank you for saving the factory though!!
 
#17
Would be good if you got the qualification for the job you already do . They say you can top up using ELCS but get a lot of knock backs using these and should get the qualification if you can do the job
 

BigD1980

Lantern Swinger
#18
Would be good if you got the qualification for the job you already do . They say you can top up using ELCS but get a lot of knock backs using these and should get the qualification if you can do the job
Really knock backs from who? All of the Uni's on the ELCS Website have all signed upto the scheme and provide their ELCS registration number. They still get paid regardless so why would they care where the money is coming from.
Also if you have NO ELCS left you can still top up any qualifications you have through the governments FE scheme which will pay for any 1st Post grad degree or top up an already acredited post grad degree upto a masters.
 

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