How to Find your Perfect Career After the Military

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How to Find your Perfect Career After the Military


Leaving the military and finding a new career path can be challenging, especially if you’re uncertain about what job role is right for you! With finding a new career comes a new way of life and work environment, so it’s wise to take the time to find a job that adheres to your needs.


Ultimately, finding the perfect career path after leaving the Armed Forces is about fitting your knowledge, skills and experience to the right sector and job role – or a stepping stone role that eventually gets you where you want to be.


It is very common for people leaving the Armed Forces to have little idea where to start or what they want to do - and that’s okay! We're here to help you explore different avenues and get you started on the job searching ladder.


Firstly, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way of starting a job search but you can make the job easier on yourself if you have a proactive plan. We recommend starting with establishing your skills and doing some honest self-analysis about what skills can help you stand out from the crowd.


Here are a few pointers:

  • Your skills don’t always come from your jobs – you may have developed skills from additional courses you’ve done or activities that you do in your spare time, such as leading or participating in sports teams.
  • Look back over your work, studies or leisure activities and think about the skills you used to complete tasks.
  • Take a look at job descriptions on platforms like Indeed to use as a checklist.


After establishing your skills, it’s best to identify your priorities before jumping into job searching. Asking yourself some questions will help narrow down your job search and formulate your target company list.


  • What industries are you interested in?
  • What do I enjoy doing?
  • What do I dislike doing?
  • What size company and culture interest me the most?
  • What is my salary target?
  • What do you want to get out of your new job?


Once you’ve established your skills and identified your key targets/motivations, it’s time to get researching and exploring different industries & roles. Try targeting 2 or 3 job roles in 1 or 2 sectors and focus your energy on them, this will allow you to get a good understanding of each industry without overloading yourself with information that’s hard to remember.


However, if you don’t feel comfortable researching or have no idea what industry you want to look at, then why not have a go at networking or attending career fairs. Supplement online research with talking to someone in your network who can provide a personal view or knows someone who can.


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