Everybody thinks about leaving their job from time to time, and armed forces personnel are no different.
Far be it from me to encourage our guys and girls to leave the armed forces - as a former member myself, I value the work of our armed services too much to ever do that. But if you are thinking about it or if you fear you may be made redundant in the future, it makes sense to consider the pros and cons of changing career.
Don't lie awake at night worrying about it - take action. Here are a few suggestions:
First, assuming you are not earmarked for redundancy, but merely unsatisfied with your present role, work out what it is you don't like about it. Is there a way you can fix the problem? If not, it may be that you need to change career altogether. If so, start thinking about what it could mean.
To help you decide, research the possibilities. Here are a few suggestions:
Register with our website now and check our list of vacancies - there are thousands of them. It doesn't commit you to anything, you'll get a feel for what is available, and it counters all those miserable headlines about there being no jobs out there.
Make a list of the skills you have to offer. Employers appreciate the skills such as discipline, teamwork, flexibility, and the capacity to be ready at a moment's notice that are built-in to anyone who has served time in the forces.
Then list your specialist skills, such as electronics, logistics, catering, admin, or fitness training. You can use these to get a foot in the door of a new Civvy Street career.
Look through the job listings on our website to see which kinds of jobs will suit your skills, and whether you need any extra training. If you do, look at our list of training courses to see what's available.
Find out what resettlement help you can get. As you know all forces leavers are eligible for a resettlement package, so find out exactly what this will mean for you.
Don't just rely on the resettlement help you are entitled to: research alternative careers yourself and talk to friends who have already left the services about what it was like.
Then whatever you decide about whether to stay in the forces or leave, you will know it was an informed decision.